Shortness of breath or breathlessness is very uncomfortable - it can be caused by illness or by anxiety. It can often be distressing for patients to experience and for family, friends and carers to observe.

Breathlessness is a subjective experience where a patient feels uncomfortably aware of their breathing. It’s a complex symptom involving physiological, psychological, environmental and functional factors. The resources below offer guidance for managing breathlessness, including relaxation tips and use of a handheld fan.

Join one our physiotherapists, Louise, as she takes us through an easy technique that can be used at home, work or when you're out.