According to Professor Buteyko, pictured, some 150 diseases are linked to dysfunctional breathing including asthma, allergies and emphysema are the result of a deficiency in our body of CO2, caused by not breathing correctly, in a panicky way, so you take in too much oxygen.
Doctors and scientists have long known that carbon dioxide (CO2) plays a vital part in releasing oxygen from the blood to cells and tissue – the Bohr effect. By retraining the body’s breathing pattern to nasal breathing, reduced breathing and relaxation regular breathing can be normalised.
The Buteyko method emphasises the importance of nasal breathing, which protects the airways by humidifying, warming, and cleaning the air entering the lungs.
The core Buteyko exercises involve breath control; consciously reducing the breathing rate and/or breathing volume. To undertake breath control you need to undertake a programme of breathing retraining and once this becomes natural and instinctive the exercises in breath control can be gradually phased out as the condition improves.
We also use the CapnoTrainer where necessary to support the training and monitor progress.