Breathing and relaxation technique cut asthma symptoms by one third

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:119
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A sequence of breathing and relaxation exercises in patients with mild asthma reduced asthma symptoms by one third, according to results from a randomised controlled trial (Thorax 2007 Jun 15 doi: 10.1136/thx.2006.076430).

    Eighty five people with mild or moderate asthma were recruited from the asthma register of a semirural general practice in the United Kingdom. They were randomly assigned to a breathing and relaxation technique known as the Papworth method, in addition to their usual drug, or simply to remain on their usual drug therapy.

    Patients assigned to the breathing method attended five one hour training sessions with a respiratory physiotherapist. It combines diaphragmatic breathing, breathing through the nose, and relaxation exercises to reduce anxiety and symptoms arising from hypocapnia.

    Patients using the Papworth …

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