How can this be beneficial to you, a family member or friend?

Many people who clench or grind their teeth, have restless sleep or a sleep disorder, anxiety or panic attacks, asthma like symptoms have unhealthy breathing patterns.  They often mouth breath and over breath.

Gerri Huffman, RDH, Certified Oral facial Myofunctional therapist has become a Certified Buteyko Breathing Practitioner.  Gerri can advise you if you might benefit from Buteyko Breathing Coaching. 

Frequently coaching is done with individual personalized sessions but periodically group sessions are scheduled.

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What is the Buteyko Method?

Buteyko Clinic International was founded in 2002 by Patrick McKeown

Named after Dr. Konstantin Buteyko who in 1952 lowered his high blood pressure by reducing his breathing toward normal.  This method consists of a series of breathing exercises and guidelines specifically designed to reduce overbreathing.  The simple fact is that many people breathe too much which alters the natural levels of gases in the blood, reduces oxygen delivery to tissues, organs and the brain and causes constriction of the smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels and airways.  This can lead to numerous health problems.  Making the switch to nasal breathing can alleviate many of these problems.

What is over-breathing?

                Noisy breathing, sighing, mouth breathing.

Effects on body:

  • Cardio vascular – constrict blood vessels, heart palpitations, missed beats, cold extremities,
  • Respiratory – shortness of breath, irritable cough, tightness of chest, air hunger, excessive sighing
  • Muscular – cramps, muscle pains – neck, shoulder
  • Psychic – tension, anxiety, unreal feelings, panic, phobias, agoraphobia
  • GI – difficulty swallowing, lump in throat, dry mouth and throat, acid reflux, heart burn, flatulence (swallowing too much air),bloating.
  • General – exhaustion, impaired concentration, impaired memory and performance, disturbed sleep including nightmares, emotional sweating.

Causes?

  • Modern Life
  • Process foods/overeating
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive talking
  • Stress
  • Belief that it’s good to take big/deep breaths
  • High temps in homes
  • Asthma – 10% western population
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Family habits – children follow example of their parents

Benefits of nasal breathing

  • Sterilized incoming air
  • Improves blood circulation and reduces cholesterol
  • Release of nitric oxide – helps to dilate our blood vessels, helps with homeostasis – balance within our body
  • Drug companies tried to stimulate the effects of nitric oxide – came up with Viagra!