Many bodily functions are essential to survival but breathing is our lifeline, linking us to the world from birth to death.
Breathing is subject to major disruption or interference from thinking, feeling and experience, and also as a result of biomechanical and biochemical factors.
We have a fantastic team of experienced Physiotherapists using the BradCliff breathing method, an established programme taught internationally.
The foundations of good breathing are using your NOSE, breathing LOW – using your diaphragm – and SLOW (8-14 breaths per minute for an adult). Our first assessment will cover these essential three elements, giving you understanding of the ‘how and why’. With our expert knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and neurophysiology we are well placed to tailor breathing retraining to your specific needs.
Sometimes you are not even aware when an altered breathing pattern exists, however increased fatigue, inability to relax, or ongoing neck and shoulder tension or headaches have become common place. Other times a realisation that climbing the stairs has become difficult, or perhaps you are an athlete wanting to improve performance. Those with asthma or COPD can also benefit from optimising their breathing pattern to reduce symptoms.
Better breathing leads to better sleep, digestion, pain relief, better concentration, speech, asthma control, sports performance and wellbeing. Our clients are often amazed at how just a few sessions can make such a difference.
Clinicians are based in our Bethlehem and Mount Maunganui practices.
Do you have a breathing pattern disorder?
Typical symptoms are:
- Frequent sighing and yawning
- Breathing discomfort*
- Disturbed sleep
- Erratic heartbeats*
- Feeling anxious and uptight
- Pins and needles
- Upset gut/nausea
- Clammy hands
- Chest Pains*
- Shattered confidence
- Tired all the time
- Achy muscles and joints
- Dizzy spells* or feeling spaced out
- Irritability or hypervigilance
- Feeling of ‘air hunger’
- Breathing discomfort
*Check with your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
Try checking your breathing:
Our natural breathing pattern is:
- Breathing in and out through the nose
- Low chest/abdominal pattern
- 10-14 breaths per minute
- A relaxed pause at the end of the out-breath
When in doubt. breathe out.
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