Breathing Techniques for Breathlessness

  • Sara Booth
  • Julie Burkin
  • Catherine Moffat
  • Anna Spathis


Breathing techniques are most commonly used in combination with positioning and the fan to the face or other facial cooling. This chapter will focus on three different breathing techniques that can help reduce the feeling of breathlessness:
  • Breathing Control

  • Pursed-lips Breathing

  • Recovery Breathing

Technique selection, modification to suit the patient and combining techniques will be discussed, as well as the role of breathing pattern re-education in breathlessness management.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Breathing Pattern Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Obstructive Airway Disease Breathing Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Booth
    • 1
  • Julie Burkin
    • 1
  • Catherine Moffat
    • 1
  • Anna Spathis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Palliative CareCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustCambridgeUK

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