It is about time we started talking about breathing!
In a recent survey run by the Asthma Foundation:
40% found work stress exacerbated asthma
20% had stopped physical activity due to asthma
47% forgot to take their medication.
All of the above raise huge concerns that people are compromising their health.
Interestingly the survey also showed that 25% of families are looking for extra ways to help.
How you breathe has a significant effect on your asthma symptoms:
Poor breathing habits can cause airways to become narrowed
Mouth breathing causes cold, dry, unfiltered air to enter the lungs. This can irritate and causes asthma symptoms
Poor inhaler technique can render medication ineffective
Most asthma flare- ups happen in times of emotional stress. Anxiety directly affects your breathing. Learning to be aware of changes early on in your breathing can prevent episodes occurring.
Exercise induced asthma can be caused by hyperventilation or over breathing. Learning how to breathe through sporting activities will stop asthma being a reason to stop activity.
Who would benefit from a consultation with Physio2Breathe?
- Newly diagnosed adults and children
- Parents of children with asthma (they copy your breathing habits!)
- Those with long established asthma who could benefit from updated advice eg medications and inhalers
- Family members who may have to administer emergency asthma treatment
How can we help – combining skills as a Physiotherapist and Asthma Educator
- Capnography to measure carbon dioxide in the air you breathe out we can tell if you are over breathing at rest
- Explaining exactly what happens during a flare-up and what asthma is
- Medication – what you are taking, why, and how to do it correctly
- Breathing correctly at rest – awareness of bad habits
- How to breathe during exercise – learning how different sports put challenges on your muscles of breathing
- Inspiratory muscle training – see POWERBreathe® information
- Emergency asthma training – how to cope with an acute episode