Breathlessness after Covid-19: Tip#1

MBW Physiotherapists have developed a scientific-based POST-COVID REHABILITATION PROGRAMME to help you to return to daily activities and/or sport.

Breathlessness is the most common complaint after Covid-19 and can be present still for a long time.

Management of breathlessness:

  • Breathing control – relax and breath slowly
  • Breathing techniques
  • Positions to help you recover from breathlessness

Tip #1: Breathing Control: Three R’s

Breathing control means breathing gently, using the least effort, and the best use of your diaphragm (sometimes known as relaxed tummy breathing). Remember the three Rs:

Get into a comfortable position, with your arms supported on armrests or your lap. Let your shoulders and body be relaxed and loose.

  • * Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
  • * Close your eyes to help you relax and focus on your breathing.
  • * Slowly breathe in through your nose, with your mouth closed. If you are relaxed, your stomach will RISE against your hand & the hand on your chest will hardly move.
  • * RELAX the breath out. Your stomach will fall gently.
  • * Try to use as little effort as possible and make your breaths slow, relaxed, and smooth. With every breath out, try to feel more relaxed. Gradually try to breathe more slowly.
  • * Rest and wait for the next breath to come.

When fully in control of your breathing, your out-breath should take longer than your in-breath.

Ask our Physiotherapists for help and more advice.