It seems strange but when we breathe more air, we actually get less oxygen to our cells and tissues, where it is needed. Many of us “over-breathe” all day long, and when this happens we get poor oxygen transfer from our blood to our cells. The result is whatever symptom you are prone to.
In this image you can see a brain MRI changing when someone changes from normal breathing to hyperventilation. Despite breathing more air, the brain actually gets less oxygen. Dizziness or fainting can be the end result.
The left-hand image shows normal oxygen saturation in a healthy breather’s brain.
The right-hand image shows oxygen availability in the brain is reduced by 40% as a result of about a minute of over-breathing (hyperventilation).
Not only is oxygen availability reduced, but glucose critical to brain functioning is also markedly reduced as a result of cerebral vasoconstriction (Litchfield 2003).
Breathing just a bit too much air all day long leads to a constant under supply of oxygen to all cells and tissues. This is what the program helps to fix.
No matter how blocked your nose is, and no matter how badly you sleep, this program can help you to improve your health. Breathe easy, sleep well,
Stressful lives, less than ideal nutrition, and poor posture all take their toll on our bodies. This can lead to poor breathing patterns. Once we are used to breathing badly, we can get locked into a cycle of poor breathing patterns. The result of all this is an imbalance of blood gases and poor oxygenation of cells and tissues.
Every cell in your body needs oxygen and nutrients in, and transfer of waste out. Breathing programs can help restore balance and improve oxygenation of cells, making the body work and feel better.
Breathing retraining is the specific discipline in which the primary goal is to normalise each aspect of the breathing pattern (rate, rhythm, volume, mechanics, use of the nose) for all situations (awake, asleep, at rest, when eating, drinking, speech, and physical exercise)
Breathing retraining programs such as the one offered at Heal Breathing Clinic, can be used for chronically sick people as well as elite athletes. Small changes in the habitual breathing pattern can have profound effects on symptoms related to dysfunctional breathing. It takes time, effort and discipline to change what can often be a lifetime of unhealthy breathing patterns, but for those willing to put the time and effort in, the rewards can be great.
“Dr Dan in his non dental role as a Buteyko Breathing Educator performing a breathing assessment with a guest wishing to improve sports performance.
Breathing programs are also useful for asthma and snoring and symptoms of poor sleep”