Breath Restoration Specialty Program
Our Breath Restoration Courses are designed for you who are longing to eliminate pain, restore health, and optimize performance. Within these in-person and online breath restoration courses, we will address breathing exercises geared toward improving chronic health complications ranging from sleep apnea and asthma to hyperventilation and sports performance.
Our 3 Breath Restoration Programs
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Why Are Breathing Exercises Important?
You inhale, you exhale. If this pattern becomes altered, then health complications occur. Your breath is the one thing we can watch at rest and identify if you are unhealthy. It is a window into your health.
The ideal respiration rate, or breaths per minute, has been demonstrated to be roughly 6 breaths per minute.1 Diaphragmatic breathing is vital to obtaining this ideal breath rate and pattern. To improve diaphragmatic breathing, training, or breath, exercise is a must to obtain this target rate.
Dysfunction of this respiratory rate can easily be seen within unhealthy individuals. Unhealthy individuals reliably breathe hard and fast. The questions at hand: is the sickness causing their hard and fast breathing? Or is the hard and fast breathing causing their sickness?
It is estimated 9.5% of the general adult population has dysfunctional breathing (DB) or hyperventilation syndrome (HVS).2 These two terms are relatively one in the same. Additionally, dysfunctional breathing affects roughly 30% of asthmatic individuals and up to 75% of anxiety sufferers.3
What Is Dysfunctional Breathing?
Dysfunctional breathing is a respiratory disorder. This disorder may be psychologically or physiologically based, involving breathing too deeply and/or too quickly (hyperventilation). You may also experience erratic breathing interspersed with bouts of breath-holding or frequent sighing.4 Chronic hyperventilation can be seen during sleep, rest, or physical exercise.5 3
Can I Improve My Breathing?
Yes, you can improve your breathing, depending on the status of your overall health. The goal may be to improve it for longevity and quality of health for your remaining years. By restoring the breath, you can physically take control and improve the chemistry within your body. The ideal respiration rate is ~6 breaths per minute. This is a subconscious 6 breaths per minute. Anyone can stretch and fake this respiration rate consciously. This is about being truly honest with yourself.
How Can I Check My Breathing Rate?
New technologies, such as the Oura Ring and Fitbit, help track sleeping respiration rate. These new technologies give unbiased data of your breath rate. We do advocate for these technologies for many other reasons; however, you can also ask a friend or family member to count your respiration rate when you are unaware.
Symptoms of Dysfunctional Breathing
Respiratory complications can manifest in many ways, including physical problems, such as forward head posture.6 Here is a list of other associated symptoms to which dysfunctional breathing may be the underlying factor7
Includes cardiovascular symptoms such as palpitations, missed heartbeats, tachycardia, sharp or dull atypical chest pain, ‘angina,’ cold extremities, Raynaud’s, blotchy flushing of blush area, capillary vasoconstriction
Includes psychic symptoms such as tension, anxiety, ‘unreal feelings’, panic, phobias, agoraphobia
Includes neurological symptoms such as dizziness, instability, faint feelings (but rarely fainting), headache, paresthesia – (numbness, deadness, uselessness, heaviness, pins and needles)
Includes allergy symptoms such as Excessive sneezing, drainage, clogged nose
Includes respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, irritable cough, tightness or oppression of chest, air hunger, inability to take a deep breath, excessive sighing, yawning, sniffing
Includes gastrointestinal symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, globus (lump in throat), dry mouth and throat, acid regurgitation, heart burn, flatulence, belching, air swallowing, abdominal discomfort, bloating
Includes muscular symptoms such as cramps, muscle pains especially those of the neck, back and shoulders, stiffness
Includes general symptoms such as weakness, exhaustion, impaired concentration, impaired memory and performance, disturbed sleep, including nightmares, emotional sweating
What Does Dysfunctional Breathing Feel or Look Like?
Upper chest movement
Audible breathing during rest
Noticeable breaths prior to talking
Generally visible movement from breathing
What Causes Dysfunctional Breathing?
Lack of physical exercise
Anxiety, stress, trauma
Belief that it is beneficial to breathe more air
Genetic predisposition/familial habits
Can I Check If I Need Help from You?
We have compiled a list of questions - feel free to download this PDF and answer the questions. The first questionnaire is the Nijmegen Questionnaire, which identifies if a person is experiencing hyperventilation syndrome. The second questionnaire helps us understand to what extent the severity of the Nijmegen Questionnaire is regarding your symptoms.
If you score 23 points or higher on your Nijmegen Questionnaire, then the questionnaire suggests you have hyperventilation syndrome and breath restoration is more important for you to add longevity and quality of health to your years.
By no means are these questionnaires stand-alone in deciding on if breath retraining is right for you. These quick questionnaires only help paint a rough draft into the spectrum of unhealthy to healthy you present with in regard to breathing dysfunctions.
Mouth Tape and MyoTape are a specialized cotton, elastic-based mouth tape which can be worn at any time of the day or night. It applies around the mouth. Therefore, it does not cover the mouth while gently pulling the lips together. Myotape helps to improve snoring, sleep apnea, poor sleep quality, sport-training, while reducing exercise-induced asthma. Learning to nasal breathe is a must for overall health. Myotape can be an accessory tool to help get you there faster. If purchasing, make sure you look at the correct size. The sizes: small (children), medium, and large are not always labeled.
Core 360 Belt
Core 360 Belts are like Buteyko Belts. They are to be easily strapped around your waist. Core 360 Belts have four firm semi-circular balls on the inside of the belt which can be easily moved. The advantage of this is it is easier for you to feel expanding into the back “side-pockets” of the abdominal wall. Again, sensory or awareness is vital for restoration of breath. Some Core360 belts have internal breathing sensors to detect how well you are breathing and creating Intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) to help stabilize the low back.
What’s My Next Step?
If you filled out the questionnaires, please send them to our email address:
Content written by Dr. Keith Sparks, DC | Buteyko Breathing Instructor, DNS – Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Certified
Content reviewed by Dr. Rachel Sparks, DC | DNS – Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Certified
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