How we breathe

These animations from the charity International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) have been designed for healthcare professionals to help patients improve their “breathing literacy”. It is not always easy to understand drawings, so the moving images enable you to see all round the body.

How we breathe - a film for healthcare professionals

How we breathe - video transcription

Original idea by Siân Williams, written by Siân Willians and Noel Baxter, narrated by Siân Williams.

Production and 3D Animation by Steven Dey, ThinkSee3D Ltd

Clinical Collaborators Julia Bott, Clare Cook, Darush Attar-Zadeh

Funded by International Primary Care Respiratory Group

IPCRG would like to thank all the contributors who have advised and offered their views in the making of this video.

Ultimately, IPCRG takes full responsibility for the final script and visuals presented in this video.

This video is to be used as an educational resource to promote the sharing of information between clinicians, or as an aid for clinicians to educate a patient or a group of patients. It does not constitute, and should not be regarded as clinical guidance, diagnosis or personal medical advice.

This video is provided under Creative Commons Licence BY-NC-SA. IPCRG must be credited for any elements of the film used. If you would like to use the film for commercial purposes, please contact businessmanager [at] ipcrg [dot] org

For more videos for people who are breathless about how to breathe well and move more please see

If you would like to help create captions in your language, or would like specific clips of the film not yet available, please email businessmanager [at] ipcrg [dot] org