Is Pursed Lip Breathing the Most Effective Technique to Use when Participating in Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
When ILD patients participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, we are introduced to a specific breathing technique. The rehabilitation center will typically encourage the patient to use the clinicians favorite breathing technique. I have participated in phase 2 pulmonary rehabilitation twice (pre and post-transplant) and used a different pulmonary rehabilitation center each time. During my pre-transplant participation, the Pursed Lip Breathing method was the respiratory therapists’ preferred choice. However, post-transplant, the Buteyko Breathing Method was modelled and used by the respiratory therapist. I had more success using the Buteyko Breathing Method. My respiratory therapist, Lynn Gorton, introduced the Buteyko Breathing Method. She is an incredible resource and passionate about her patients’ breathing. I have devoted a column and forum topic to her.
I was contemplating topics for today’s post, and an article appeared on my Twitter feed that I felt would interest our members. “Effects of Pursed Lip Breathing on Exercise Capacity and Dyspnea in Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease.” The article appears in abstract form, but the reader can determine the study results. The results of this study “cast doubt on the usefulness of this technique in ILD patients and should be taken into account when tailoring pulmonary rehabilitation programs to this population.” The study included thirty-five participants in the study. I do feel more patients should have been included to broaden the results. I included the study because it appeared in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. The journal is a respected organization of cardio and pulmonary medical professionals.
I am interested to know if any of our members have used either the Pursed Lip Breathing or Buteyko Breathing Method. Please state which method you used and if you felt the technique successfully facilitated your breathing.
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