What Is Causing My Breathing Difficulties?
You may wonder: Why did this happen? What is causing my symptoms? How do I stop these difficulties from happening again? What should I do next?
Identifying The Triggers Of Breathing Difficulties
At first glance we may notice “triggers” that seem to cause or bring about our breathing difficulties. Substances, activities, or events that cause us to experience breathing difficulties are referred to as “triggers.” Allergy or asthma symptoms may be brought on by these triggers, which include pollen, pets, weather, or exercise. The symptoms may be mild, such as a stuffy or runny nose; or they may be severe, such as a suffocation attack.
What can we do to correct this situation and regain our health? What is our most effective breathing treatment?
Usually the first thing that happens is we blame these triggers for our breathing difficulties, and we start to avoid them at all costs. In order to avoid experiencing these symptoms, people with breathing difficulties may retreat indoors, avoid having pets, or quit participating in sports or other exercise altogether. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid triggers, and the breathing difficulties can persist, or become much more severe the next time. Limiting exposure may appear to be the answer, but upon closer inspection, this is not the most effective form of breathing treatment, as it does not cure the problem, nor does it correct the underlying cause of breathing difficulties.
Treating The Cause Rather Than The Symptom Of Breathing Problems
The work of K. P. Buteyko, MD, reveals the underlying cause of these symptoms: chronic over-breathing. Dr. Buteyko also proposed an effective breathing treatment: Breathing Normalization. It is our chronic over-breathing that causes us to react to pets, pollen, and exercise. The breathing difficulties or the diseases that we blame on triggers are actually caused by our chronic over-breathing or hyperventilation, and so they are reversible.
Dr. Buteyko’s groundbreaking discoveries give us the means to improve health and prevent breathing problems in the future. Dr. Buteyko and doctors from Clinica Buteyko™ Moscow developed and refined these all-important “breathing reduction” exercises over many years. Through practicing the Buteyko™ Breathing Normalization Method, we stop over-breathing and as a result our symptoms will improve or even disappear completely.
By Practicing The Breathing Exercises, You Can Eventually Eliminate Your Symptoms
This is an effective method that you can apply in your everyday life in order to help reduce or even eliminate the occurrences of breathing difficulties. For instance, if you are allergic to dust, you may decide to wear a mask when cleaning. Or you could practice Breathing Normalization exercises in order to change your breathing habits and treat your chronic over-breathing. By practicing the exercises, you can eventually eliminate your symptoms so that the mask is no longer necessary.
As a breathing treatment, the Breathing Normalization Method is much more effective than attempting to avoid triggers. The exercises provided by a Breathing Normalization Specialist can also be adjusted as necessary to suit individual needs for breathing normalization.
Reduce Or Eliminate The Need For Asthma and Allergy Medications
For individuals who suffer from asthma and allergies, medications are often prescribed as a breathing treatment method. Allergies are commonly treated with medications known as antihistamines or decongestants. They can make it easier for some individuals to breathe. Your doctor may prescribe oral medications, or a liquid that needs to be delivered through an inhaler or nebulizer. There are some instances where inhaled steroids are used to help open the airways and sinuses in order to improve breathing. Furthermore, many individuals get allergy shots that help reduce sensitivity to the allergen, which allows them to breathe better, thus serving as a breathing treatment.
However, many people find that these medications don’t provide long-term relief, and sometimes do not work at all to improve breathing. Medications and shots are also quite costly and need to be used continuously. Even worse, these medications often have negative side effects, and can sometimes worsen breathing conditions or lose effectiveness over time. You may wonder how you can ever be free of your breathing medications.
While some medications may remain necessary, learning the Buteyko™ Breathing Normalization Method provides individuals who suffer from asthma and allergies a way to improve or stop their symptoms, and to reduce or eliminate medications with their doctor’s approval. Breathing Normalization will strengthen your respiratory, immune, and nervous systems and improve overall health and energy. Unlike medications, Breathing Normalization is a holistic and drug-free method, which does not have any negative side effects.
Making The Treatment Effective With The Help Of Breathing Normalization Specialists
At first, people with breathing difficulties might be skeptical about the Buteyko™ Breathing Normalization Method or any other method of treatment. They may wonder whether the Breathing Normalization exercises they learn will actually work to relieve their symptoms and improve their breathing. Perhaps you have tried many other breathing treatments with little to no improvement. You may ask, “How do I know this will work?” Chronic breathing problems such as asthma or allergies can leave a person feeling quite discouraged.
The good news is that people all over the world have been helped by Dr. Buteyko’s approach and have successfully regained their health. Many of our clients at the Breathing Center have shared their success stories, which resulted from implementing the Buteyko™ Breathing Normalization method in their lives. In order to be the most effective, these breathing treatments—which include breathing exercises and lifestyle changes—need to be practiced consistently, and are best achieved with the guidance of a Breathing Normalization Specialist.
Getting An Accurate Medical Diagnosis Is The First Step In Beginning Breathing Treatments
When breathing difficulties develop, it is recommended that you seek medical advice. Your doctor will be able to conduct a physical exam and run any tests necessary to determine your condition. Prior to your visit, make sure you write down a list of your questions so you are prepared to discuss your condition and the breathing treatments your physician is suggesting. If you have already been to a physician and have a diagnosis, it is important not to discontinue or change the dosage of medication without your doctor’s approval.
Getting an accurate diagnosis of your breathing difficulty from a medical doctor is the first step in beginning breathing treatments or breathing exercises. Once you have a diagnosis and are familiar with your symptoms, you can begin working with them. It is important to be keenly aware of your symptoms and their onset, so that you can prevent a more severe condition from occurring, such as an asthma attack. This means that at the first sign of difficulty, you must apply the breathing exercises.
The Breathing Normalization method will assist you in fulfilling your responsibility for your own health. This method will help you to relieve and even stop your breathing problems. Because it increases your awareness, supports and strengthens the immune system, and eliminates chronic over-breathing, the Buteyko™ Breathing Normalization Method is a very effective means of breathing treatment.