“Reconnecting with one’s Breathing is the
first step in self-healing and self realization”
When stressors, whether lifestyle, diet, environmental or psychological, become too great, they alter our breathing and over time these patterns become habitual. Functional healthy breathing is at the heart of wellness and resilience in our fast paced ever-changing world.
What does healthy (functional) or unhealthy (dysfunctional) breathing even mean – after all it’s automatic and you can’t change it – right? WRONG!! Breathing is one of the few functions of the body that can be both automatic and altered with conscious training. That’s why a Breathing Assessment is so useful.
You may be aware already that you have trouble with your breathing if you have asthma for example. Did you know however that breathing poorly can also cause many other problems such as anxiety or limited brain function? Some symptoms are not so obviously breathing related, yet could be alleviated by improving your breathing.
A Breathing Assessment includes:
60 – 90 minute consultation at one of the two Breathe Free Clinic locations.
Capnography and oximetry (visual observation and assessment during the consult).
Functional or dysfunctional breathing identification.
Breathing education to help you understand the findings.
Report on findings and recommendations sent to you and if requested to your health provider/s.
Recommendations of next steps whether tips on how to improve breathing dysfunction, or continuation with a Breathing Retraining Course.
A capnometer is a biofeedback instrument used to evaluate breathing. It measures your breathing rate and patterning along with the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) at the end of your exhale.
Clients see in real time how their baseline (normal) day-to-day breathing looks, when at rest, on a screen trace.
They also discover how their breathing alters with simple breathing challenges, and how fast or not they recover, which will depend on how healthy their breathing is in the first instance.
FIGURE 1: Baseline Capno-trace of 11 year old girl at Assessment Before Course.
Client had a history of asthma and poor sleep along with many breathing related symptoms. Capno-trace shows highly irregular
breathing pattern and dysfunction.
FIGURE 2: Baseline Capno-trace of 11 year old girl at week Six on the Last day of her Breathe Free Course.
Breathing patterning hugely improved with self-reported 66% reduction in breathing related symptoms, including sleeping
through the night and the ability to play hockey without the need for medication.
A fingertip pulse oximeter is a commonly used clamp-like device placed on a finger in order to measure the pulse (heart rate) whilst also reading the amount of oxygen (saturation levels) in your blood.
It does this by passing small beams of light through the blood in the finger. By measuring changes of light absorption in oxygenated or deoxygenated blood it can measure the amount of oxygen. This is a painless process.
Although breathing assessments can be carried out both in-person and online, capnography and oximetry can only be used for in-person assessments.
Dysfunctional breathing can present in many less-than-obvious ways that may seem unrelated, however it can affect every system in your body. Did you know that any of the following can indicate unhealthy breathing:
These are just a few of the 80 or more symptoms which may be helped with breathing function improvement. If you would like a full list of symptoms email Breathe Free Clinic.
Respiratory and Sleep-Related