Deep Breathing Tips

A short article and video from Gaynor Leech of Lymph-What-Oedema regarding tips for deep breathing, to help those living with Lymphoedema

"One of the best things I have ever been taught since developing Lymphoedema is the art of deep breathing exercises.  This has helped me greatly as an Asthmatic and has reduced my reliance on Asthma pumps.  Not only does it help in opening the Lymphatic system, it has helped with relaxation.  One of my favourite breathing exercises is "blowing bubbles". Who would have thought as a senior I would be using the bubbles I buy for my grandchildren as a way of practising deep breathing? Lots of fun. 

Deep breathing exercises are essential to opening your lymph system to keep the lymph fluid moving.  You can do this while sitting, standing, or walking but do try and find a quite space to have some ‘me' time.  If possible, do several times of day.  Try your deep breathing before going to bed to put yourself in a nice relaxed state.

Singing is great for opening the lymphatic system.  If you are in the privacy of your own home, you do not have to be good at it.  Play your favourite music, in tune or out of tune, sing at the top of your voice.  I bet you will find that you are moving, or waving your hands, or dancing on your bum or moving from side to side. Give it a try. Nobody is looking.  How about joining a choir? There are many groups like 'Singing for Breathing' - these groups are often attached to hospitals helping hear patients with their breathing.

Deep breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing or belly breathing


About Gaynor

Gaynor Leech is the Founder of L-W-O (lymph-what-oedema). L-W-O provides non-medical support and promotes:

  • Self-management
  • Raising awareness
  • Bringing people together
  • Empowering their members
  • Signposting

They are UK based, patient-driven and voluntary. L-W-O is an independent, not for profit organisation.

L-W-O website has been described as the most viewed Lymphoedema website in the UK and Europe. The website is written entirely from a patient's point of view.

L-W-O has a strong social media presence with its own website;, a community page and closed online support, Pinterest, You Tube, Twitter and LinkedIn. Without their social media presence, they would not have reached as many Lymphoedema members as they have.

L-W-O Message: Lymphoedema exists, We exist

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