Have you ever wondered why you feel dizzy when you blow up balloons too fast?
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.
The Heal Breathing Program in a nut-shell
- Step 1: Your breathing assessment and diagnosis
- Step 2: Begin your breathing program either privately or in a group workshop
- Step 3: Develop better breathing patterns so your body works better
- Step 4: Sleep well, breathe easy, heal
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,
The way you breathe affects your entire body
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.
Common symptoms of poor breathing patterns include:
- Sleep Disorders
- Bad breath
- Behavioural disorders
- Blocked nose
- Chest tightness
- Dental crowding
- Frequent colds / flu
- Night time toilet trips
- Sinus pain
- Sleep disorders
- Teeth grinding
Better breathing can help you be more healthy
- Improve cellular oxygenation – better overall health
- Reduce bodily stress – feel better
- Calmer breathing – reduce or eliminate snoring
- Filter, warm and humidify the air – fewer coughs and cold
- Reduce fluid loss – less dehydration
- Improve teeth and gum health – better salivation
- Prevent formation of crooked teeth in children – better tongue posture
- Calm the body – slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure
- Reduce histamine production – control hay-fever
- Balance blood oxygen / carbon dioxide levels – reduce or eliminate asthma
What is Breathing Retraining?
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)
Who is Breathing Retraining for?
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.
About Dr. Dan – Buteyko Breathing Educator
“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”