When you see someone choking, performing the Heimlich maneuver can save his or her life. But not many people are prepared to rescue themselves if they’re alone and start to choke.
Firefighter and paramedic Jeff Rehman, from Colorado, is hoping to change this with his tutorial video, which shows the most effective way to stop yourself from choking. Rehman originally used the maneuver to strengthen his abdominals during his years as a boxer, but now he’s hoping it will serve a greater purpose.
In the video, Rehman demonstrates the position the victim must take by getting on his knees with his hands in a push-up position. Rehman then instructs that the victim should powerfully propel her arms forward, landing aggressively onto her stomach.
“Now if you heard that there,” Rehman says after performing the move, “you could hear just how much air was moving northward here.” The key is to get the air in your windpipe moving rapidly enough to dislodge the item you are choking on.
Rehman warns that the technique is not recommended for pregnant women. He also says that it won’t be 100% effective for everyone, but “it’s a lot better than what we’ve been taught so far. And it might very well save your life.”