It is a system of breathing analysis and correction that helps you achieve good health through optimal breathing. It corrects the common condition of hyperventilation, over breathing, obvious (acute) or hidden (chronic). It is based on the Buteyko Method which uses breath control, breathing exercises and education to help you understand your condition, control symptoms and prevent illness.
The Buteyko (bew-tay-ko) Breathing Method was developed by Russian doctor Konstantin Buteyko. During his work as a young doctor in the 1950s, Buteyko discovered that 'hidden hyperventilation' or over-breathing was the common underlying problem in a large number of health conditions. He observed that people became more ill when their breathing volume increased further. Those who then reduced their breathing began to recover. He devised the Buteyko Breathing Method to retrain correct breathing. The result is that the nose unblocks, asthma can be controlled with fewer drugs, and the breathing rate reduces to restore the CO2 level to normal.
Following breathing correction, dentists, orthodontists, doctors, and clients have reported:
- unblocking of the nose and sinuses
- restoration of nasal breathing
- reduction or elimination of snoring and apnoea
- reduction in mucous production and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- change in tongue position and bite
- a more stable dentition and bite
- stability to orthodontic work
- decrease in size of tonsils, adenoids and polyps
- improvement in ability to exercise and in sports performance (speed and endurance)
- a more pleasing facial appearance
With hyperventilation spasms of the diaphragm and chest muscles that create postural changes, e.g. forward head posture, which leads to mouth breathing. Over a prolonged period of time the lips and tongue loose muscle tone. The tongue does not sit in its correct position in the mouth and in severe cases the lips will no longer rest together and sometimes don't even meet! The normal development of the jaw, palate, teeth and upper airways are effected. Normal development of these structures requires normal breathing. That is soft nasal breathing most of the time with lips resting together along with diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation through all the respiratory muscles. With knowledge, understanding and breathing exercises in conjunction with orthodontics, hyperventilation may be rectified, the lips and the tongue strengthened to the point where they sit naturally together. Relaxation of respiratory muscles takes place and the process of restoring normal posture begins. All this supports the changes occurring through orthodontic treatment and helps to maintain them into adult life. The orthodontic work, in turn, supports healthy breathing by opening up the narrowed upper airways facilitating normal nasal breathing.
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