Choking? Try The Hang Upside Down Method

August 1, 2016

We all know of the Heimlich Maneuver, where one person hugs you from behind and squeezes to produce adnominal thrusts to dislodge the throat obstruction.  Now what do you do if you are dining alone and begin to choke.  A new study says the best way to save yourself if chocking is to hang upside down; either by striking a downward dog pose or grabbing a chair and positioning your upper body downward, like you're trying to peer underneath. The upside-down head position is already a method used for saving choking babies, but has never really been reviewed for adults. The science behind it is simple gravity.  However the Mayo Clinic recommends attempting to Heimlich oneself with fist-thrusts against a chair back or countertop, and others recommend slamming yourself chest-down into the ground to try and dislodge it. If that fails,  try hanging upside down as paper author, Artur Luczak, says he stumbled upon his method after chocking on a piece of food  and while using the upside-down position helped him to remove the object from his airway.

Source: Popular Science

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