• Anyone who has gone through a good pulmonary rehab program should have this down pat. But suppose you don't have a good program available in your area. Is all lost? Not at all. Pursed lips breathing is so natural that some patients come into rehab doing it all on their own without ever even having heard about it. It is easier to learn if you get a little coaching from a health care professional, or biofeedback from an oximeter reading, but it certainly isn't necessary. Are you ready to practice? Here we go.
  • Anyone who has gone through a good pulmonary rehab program should have this down pat. But suppose you don't have a good program available in your area. Is all lost? Not at all. Pursed lips breathing is so natural that some patients come into rehab doing it all on their own without ever even having heard about it. It is easier to learn if you get a little coaching from a health care professional, or biofeedback from an oximeter reading, but it certainly isn't necessary. Are you ready to practice? Here we go.
  • Sit down in a nice comfortable chair and relax. This is something that will make you feel better!. Relax your shoulders and let them droop. Relax your neck and face muscles. .Concentrate on breathing out. You want to breathe out about three times as long as you breathe in. In order to accomplish that you will have to slow your breathing way down, to maybe 12 breaths a minute. Breathe in through your nose to warm, filter and moisturize the air. Now breathe out through pursed lips. You don't have to really pucker up, just make sure you have a narrowed opening between your lips that you gently exhale the air through. If you put your hand in front of your lips you will feel a focused stream of air.
  • DO NOT FORCE THE AIR OUT in loud puffs. If you can hear yourself loudly breathing you are working too hard at this and defeating the purpose. If you are an overachieving Type A personality, please remember that this is one time when more is not better! Breathing too hard will actually LOWER your oxygen level. If this type of breathing doesn't feel comfortable, stop what you are doing, relax and try again, breathing easier. The whole aim of this technique is to help you relax and feel better. We've heard stories from spouses about patients doing PLP in their sleep! How relaxed can you get! Keep that picture in your mind: PLB is so easy that you can do it in your sleep. Or when you have to put up with a power outage. Hope this helps, let us know, and good luck!