Breathing: Its Many Roles in Restoring Health and/or Maintaining Illness
"BREATHING, ITS MANY ROLES IN RESTORING HEALTH AND/OR MAINTAINING ILLNESS"
Breathing is our most essential body function, yet many people breathe in ways that
promote disease rather than health. Many chronic illnesses disrupt breathing. Research
shows that dysfunctional breathing affects 10% of healthy people, 30% of people with
respiratory disease and up to 70% of people with anxiety. Breathing dysfunction occurs when the homeostasis of breathing control is disrupted by stress, disease, and environmental factors or sometimes as a result of anatomical factors. Breathing dysfunction can contribute to poor sleep and also to obstructive sleep apnea and upper airways resistance syndrome. However, breathing that is dysfunctional can be retrained so that a person's breathing supports healing and homeostasis rather than contributing to disease and dysfunction. Specific breathing techniques can also be used therapeutically as adjunctive therapies for specific conditions e.g. to improve immune defence, optimise lung and airway function, train stress resilience, and improve functional aspects of sleep disordered breathing.