You breathe anywhere between 4,000 to 20,000 times per day. The flow of oxygen to your body controls the function of the nervous system and internal organs. So when breathing becomes disrupted or dysfunctional it can produce pronounced symptoms including chest tightness, chest pain, upper back tightness, anxiety, fatigue and lightheadedness.
Dysfunctional breathing can be secondary to another medical condition such as asthma, abdominal pain, or anxiety. It can be also be independent, and not related to another condition.
By changing the way you breathe, you can influence many biochemical reactions in your body. By learning to breathe correctly you are able to get improved air entry into your lungs. Correct breathing can increase your mood, energy and exercise performance.
A Beachside osteopath can assess you for dysfunctional breathing by looking at:
- The way you breathe
- The mobility in your upper back and ribs
- Tightness thought your respiratory muscles
- Your posture.
We will then help to correct any dysfunction by instructing you on how to breathe correctly, and releasing any tight muscles or restriction in the rib cage. There are also exercises you can easily do at home to manage your breathing in different situation. We will show these during your appointment.