Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Videos

Breathing correctly is essential to your recovery. It teaches you how to slow down, and it helps you become more aware of decreasing tension as you move.

You might realize that you’ve been holding your breath as you move, which makes whatever movement you’re doing more difficult. We want you to be aware of your breath when you are moving throughout the day.

To do diaphragmatic breathing, start by lying on your back with your palms up and your feet flat on your bed or couch. (Only get on the floor if you can easily get back up. We prefer that you are comfortable.)

Your feet should be hip width apart, and your knees should be bent. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest.

Slowly breathe in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise and your ribs to open and the chest to lift. You may find that when you inhale, your chest is rising more than your belly and that your abdomen draws inward. Stay relaxed and gently try to breathe in again. As you inhale, you should feel more movement under the hand at your belly and less movement at your chest.

Then, exhale slowly through pursed lips. You’ll notice that your abdomen and rib cage move down and in. Exhaling this way will engage your abdominal muscles. If you’re having difficulty feeling your belly rise when you inhale, concentrate more on your exhale. This will help you more naturally perform the diaphragmatic relaxation breath exercise.

This exercise may be very difficult for you, so just keep practicing each day.

Repeat this deep breathing 10 times in a row. Pay attention to your breath throughout the day. If you notice you’re holding your breath, stop and take a slow, gentle relaxing breath using the diaphragm muscles.

You should do diaphragmatic breathing two to three times per day.

Remember, you shouldn’t breathe from your upper chest. This will cause your breath to be shallow. Use your diaphragm to take deeper, even breaths.