Deep Breathing and Breathing Exercises for Well Being  

We don’t have to think about breathing, our body does it automatically.  However, many of us do not do deep breathing that is very important to lymphatic drainage.

Making time for deep breathing should be part of our daily routines.  Anyone who has a lymphatic disorder can benefit from diaphragmatic breathing.  It fully engages the diaphragm while deep breathing, which creates a negative pressure that stimulates fluid movement and works as a lymphatic pump.  Researchers have found that the diaphragm impacts lymphatic drainage and the rapid absorption of fluid from the peritoneal cavity.  About 60% of all lymph nodes are located under the diaphragm.

Adv. Respir. Med. 2017; 85: 224–232

How to Diaphragmatic Breathing

  • Place one hand just under the ribcage on your abdomen.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose or mouth.
  • Push your abdomen out slightly against your hand as you breathe in.
  • At the same time, the upper chest should remain as still as possible.
  • Bringing your breath from the abdomen, breathe out and feel your belly button move toward the spine.
  • As you breathe out through pursed lips, the abdomen moves away from your hand.
  • Try six of these breaths in and out.

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