CAUSING MANY HEALTH ISSUES
Dysfunctional breathing has been found to be the cause of many health issues being faced by people in today’s busy world. As we are aware our breathing patterns can be adversely affected by variety of factors including stress, processed foods, lack of movement and the environment.
Dr. Buteyko’s exercises are designed to improve functional breathing by switching to light, effortless nasal breathing using the diaphragm, as opposed to using the mouth to breathe into the chest. The Buteyko method focuses on regaining control of the breath through simple breathing exercises which work to slow and calm the breathing. This then subsequently gently raises carbon dioxide levels, and as a result, improves oxygenation of the blood and dilation of the smooth muscle lining the airways, blood vessels and digestive system. This is helpful for people with Asthma, sleep apnea, rhinitis, hypertension, reflux, or IBS.
In response to the exercises, the body triggers the parasympathetic or relaxing nervous system, which combats the body’s fight/flight responses by calming the negative effects of the stress hormones (adrenolin and cortisol), reduces anxiety and restores coping mechanisms.
The method has also been shown to enhance athletic performance.