Breathing correctly

Learning how to breathe correctly is a good step towards alleviating this problem. Everyone thinks they know how to breathe because we all do it constantly, but most of us are actually breathing the wrong way.

When you take a deep breath, your stomach should expand outwards, instead of sucking in the way most people do.

Try this exercise to get breathing the right way:

  • Lie down on your back in a comfortable position.
  • Place your hand on your stomach, just below your belly button.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for a moment
  • Slowly exhale, through your nose
  • When you think you have let out all of the air, open your mouth and let the rest out.

How much air was let out when you exhaled the second time? If there was any, chances are you’re not making full use of your diaphragm (the muscle at the base of the lungs) when you’re breathing, meaning that you are breathing shallowly.

When you breathe "from the belly" and use your diaphragm, your body gets more oxygen and can get rid of more built up waste gases.

Eastern medicines teach that the body’s flow of energy, or chi, can be blocked by improper breathing techniques. Qi gong (pronounced "gee gung") meaning breath force, is a system of exercises aimed at improving the breathing and the body’s flow of chi.

Learning Qi gong could be beneficial to FMS patients who have breathing trouble.


Table of Contents
1. Fibro Breathing Trouble
2. How to breathe
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