Breathing is by far the best way I know to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES); and strengthening the LES is crucial for managing GERD.
In my opinion, any deep, conscious breathing regimen is better than shallow, limited, unconscious breathing. So begin anywhere that is comfortable to you.
Once you have begun regularly attending to your breathing you may benefit from adding in new techniques, such as those from Elliott Hulse in the video below.
A word of caution… Elliott’s videos seem to be, for the most part, directed to people who already have a certain level of fitness. Many of us who suffer from GERD are very out-of-shape. We may have other issues such as back problems, etc., so I recommend you go very easy on things until you know you can physically handle them. It’s not a bad idea to check with your physician before trying any new physical exercises.
Having said that, I especially like Elliott’s ideas on opening up and relaxing (softening) certain muscle groups involved in respiration. Having tried most of the items in this video prior to posting this, I can attest to the fact that I increased my oxygen uptake to the point of lightheadedness, even though I regularly do deep breathing exercises. Elliott knows what he’s talking about. Even an hour later, I am still feeling the warm comfort of these actions in my body, most noticeably in the back behind the lungs.
See if you can’t incorporate a couple of his ideas into your routine. Who knows? Maybe some day you will even progress to better muscular health through his inspiration.
Do you have a favorite video that shows some good deep breathing techniques or exercises? Share them in the comments…