Diaphragm Exercises Reduce Blood Pressure

"The muscles we use to breathe atrophy, just like the rest of our muscles tend to do as we get older," explains researcher Daniel Craighead, an integrative physiologist at the University of Colorado Boulder. To test what happens when these muscles are given a good workout, he and his colleagues recruited healthy volunteers ages 18 to 82 to try a daily five-minute technique using a resistance-breathing training device called PowerBreathe. The hand-held machine — one of several on the market — looks like an inhaler. When people breathe into it, the device provides resistance, making it harder to inhale.

"We found that doing 30 breaths per day for six weeks lowers systolic blood pressure by about 9 millimeters of mercury," Craighead says. And those reductions are about what could be expected with


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 Daily 'breath training' can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Aubrey, Allison (2022-09-20), Daily 'breath training' can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure, Retrieved on 2022-10-01
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