Would appreciate tips for better breathing

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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Every year around this time, my breathing seems more shallow than ever.  I've had them tested, and at one time the test showed I was only at 38% rather than getting "full" breaths!  It always clears up and gets better when the weather warms up, but I know I would like them to be much better year round as I'm pretty much a shallow breather all the time. (I think most others with fibro are, too.)
Does anyone have any tips for better breathing?  Thanks for any help.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I tend to breathe shallow too. Practice breathing from your diaphragm, I have to remind myself to do this too. I have allergies so I think I breathe better in the winter than warmer months cause I'm allergic to everything green outside.
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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
(I'm going to preface this by saying that I don't necessarily subscribe to his theories BUT...)

Andrew Weil has a CD out called "Breathing: Master Key to Self Healing" that a friend let me borrow. I'm a shallow breather too, and I found the exercises helpful and relaxing. It might be worth a look. There are probably other deep breathing exercises on CD (maybe at your library or even online) that may be helpful.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
If you watch a baby lying on it's back it is doing something called diaphragmatic breathing. They just lay there and their tummy goes up and down. This is also the way that singers breath. When you expand your tummy out with each breath (and don't let your shoulders rise!!!) you bring air into the lower lobes of your lungs where a more efficient oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange takes place. This type of breathing also has a calming effect on your central nervous system, lowers your blood pressure, calms your pulse and triggers a relaxation mode in your brain. It is the source of "Take a deep breath!" when someone wants you to calm down.

I do it at red lights, while things load on the computer, while waiting in line at the grocery store... about 5 times a day. Inhale deeply making your tummy move outward. (No shoulder movement.) Hold it for a little bit, say count of 3, exhale softly thru your mouth. Do this for about four or five breaths and you will feel refreshed.
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   Posted 3/1/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same shallow breathing issues.  I will be trying these suggestions.
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