The Breathing Dynamics Solution to Asthma and Hay-fever

Case Study – Breathing retraining offers simple and highly effective relief to asthma, hay-fever, allergies and other breathing difficulties.

With Spring now upon us, asthma, hay-fever and other allergies become a debilitating problem for many people – especially in areas such as Melbourne and the Surfcoast.

Millions of dollars are spent each year by sufferers on pharmaceutical drugs or natural medicine alternatives searching for relief from symptoms.

Yet, the root cause of, and therefore the solution to, many of these complaints does not lie in what foods or remedies  you may put in your mouth. It is our breathing function, or dysfunction, that explains the cause and provides the solution.

Dysfunctional breathing, or over breathing, results in a cascade of changes in our bodies that result in asthma and breathing difficulties, hay-fever and many other allergies symptoms.

For example, when you over breathe (meaning you breathe too rapidly and with too much volume) you upset the biochemical balance in our bloodstream that dictates how oxygen gets from the air we breathe in our lungs to our body’s cells for energy production. It is the carbon di0xide (CO2) we exhale as a bi-product of energy production that regulates how oxygen lands into our cells for energy production. And this CO2 is not a waste gas. We need to retain some (6.5%) in our lungs at the end of exhalation for this regulation to work efficiently. When we over-breathe we wash out this reservoir of 6.5% CO2 in our lungs. The result is that you don’t get enough oxygen into the cells for energy production and the body will cause smooth muscle around our airways in our lungs to constrict or spasm to limit the loss of CO2 and correct this imbalance.

The difficult thing is that virtually all of us over breathe nowadays, so this above problem is not uncommon.

Or in allergic responses, dysfunctional breathing predisposes the body to produce too much histamine making you more likely to have an immune response leading to an allergic reaction.

The wonderful thing is that retraining your breathing to functional levels is easy and doesn’t take long before you notice symptoms disappearing.

I had a client yesterday who has suffered from asthma since 10 years of age. He is in his 50’s now. He uses Serotide twice daily and uses his Ventolin puffer 5-6 times per day – mostly at night. He gets hay-fever as well, and this often triggers asthma attacks. He has also had injections to try to relieve his hay-fever.

His sleep is terrible with lots of snoring, frequent waking throughout the night, a dry mouth throughout the night and in the morning and he wakes unrefreshed each morning. He had his tonsils out as a child and again as an adult as they grew back

I put him on a breathing retraining program that included practicing breathing rhythms and breath holds as well as keeping his mouth closed at night.

After one week the difference he has noticed have been vast. In his words; “I feel like a miracle has happened”.

He’s now not snoring, no dry mouth and frequent waking at night, and is waking much more refreshed in the morning. His wife is very happy 🙂

His ventolin use after 1 week has dropped to 2 per day at a maximum on bad days (with strong winds). On other days he used only one puff. Or none.

He feels he can breathe much clearer and feels far less fearful of an attack. And much more energetic.

We will continue his training for 2-3 months to ensure the changes stick and to slowly wean him off his asthma medication. Whilst these medications relieve symptoms, they never deal with the root cause of his symptoms and always lead to side effects.

It is very common that with breathing retraining can either eliminate clients reliance on medicines for asthma and allergies all together, or reduce the amount the use quite considerably.

The result is that they save money and side effects.

If you suffer from asthma and breathing difficulties, or hay fever and other allergies, why not consider an alternate that is highly effective in terms of results and cost.

The case study mentioned is not an unusual case in my experience as a respiratory therapist. I see this regularly and love it when people with these conditions come to see me as I know how potent the breathing retraining is.

And the great thing about this case is that he lives in Adelaide so we have conducted our consultations via Skype. I have found that this is equally as effective as working with clients one on one in clinic. They beauty of it for the client is that they don’t have to leave their home. And it makes this service available to asthma and allergies sufferers all over Australia or the World.