Here’s an article from www.livestrong.com on mouth breathing vs. nose breathing.
Effects of Mouth Breathing
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD, mouth breathing is often a problem for allergy sufferers, who experience airway obstruction during allergy season and are unable to breathe through their noses. Mouth breathing can lead to poor oxygen concentration in the bloodstream, which can lead to more serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea and other sleeping problems.
DANGERS OF MOUTH BREATHING IN CHILDREN
Mouth breathing can be especially detrimental in children, who may suffer abnormal facial and dental development as a result. Left untreated, mouth breathing may lead to narrow faces, crooked teeth or gummy smiles. The AGD also reports that children who breathe through their mouths typically have sleeping problems, which can lead to poor academic performance and is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. In a 2009 study performed at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, mouth breathers experienced higher rates of poor bite and misalignment of teeth.
This short video is an interview with ENT Dr. Madan Kandula discussing the negative impact of mouth breathing on children’s teeth development, and that’s exactly one of the topic that Buteyko Breathing Technique really addresses about. Mouth breathing children have a high potential of developing crooked teeth and abnormal jaw, which not only would require orthodontic works later on, but also become more prone to breathing related symptoms.
image credit: Asthma and Allergy foundation of America
Did you know that May is the Asthma and Allergy Awareness month?
And also that the first Tuesday of May is the Asthma Awareness Day set by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)! Which would be May 7th for this year.
So, let’s use this as a reminder to check up our CP value again, and spend some time to review the Buteyko reduced breathing exercises. A couple nights of mouth taping would also be perfect for the theme! Just to make sure that the bad old habit of over breathing isn’t coming back again.
In Buteyko Breathing Technique, one thing we emphasis besides the mouth taping is sleeping on your side, as sleeping on the side can help reduce our breathing volume. There are also many other studies that supports side way sleeping for various health benefits; this article from the New York Times discusses side sleeping benefit for the pregnant women.
side sleeping may reduce risk of stillbirth, image source: belelu.com
If pregnant women in poor countries were advised to sleep on their sides, many stillbirths might be prevented, a new study suggests.
A graduate student’s summer project, the study is small — it included only 220 women interviewed about their sleep habits just after giving birth in one hospital in Ghana.
But because Ghana has such a high rate of stillbirth, said Louise M. O’Brien, the professor at the University of Michigan’s Sleep Disorders Center who oversaw the project, by Jocelynn Owusu, the conclusion seemed clear: If pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs, 25 percent of all stillbirths in poor countries might be prevented.
Buteyko Educator: Howard Tseng
Buteyko Breathing Training in greater Vancouver area in BC, Canada
(This is for reference only, actual session content may change depending on individual condition and progress. For private session, contents may be altered to better suit your need)
– How to breathe correctly: Deep breathing? Shallow breathing? Slow breathing?
– Monitor your progress: CP value
– How to unblock your nose
– Shhh! Close your mouth!
– Sleep Apnea and Snoring
– Cleansing Reactions
– Air Diet with reduced breathing
– Speaking using Buteyko
– Facial development in Children
– Air Diet
Here’s an article posted on UK’s daily mail, about how this lady controlled her asthma through breathing training.
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Few of us give a second thought to how we breathe.
But if we did, we’d probably think we should be breathing deeply and getting plenty of oxygen into our system.
In fact, if you have asthma, trying to inhale too much oxygen could make it worse, say experts.
This is because it can disturb the delicate balance of CO2 — carbon dioxide — in your lungs, which is crucial to the process of transporting oxygen around the body.
Too much CO2 sets up a vicious circle of worsening symptoms, which may lead to hospitalisation.
‘Quite often, asthma patients have to work harder to breathe, but if they work too hard — drawing in too much oxygen — their CO2 goes down, breathing gets harder and their chest gets tighter,’ explains Dr John Moore-Gillon, a spokesman for the British Lung Foundation.
‘Overbreathing can, in fact, affect anyone,’ he adds.
But it’s thought to be widespread in people with existing lung conditions such as asthma.
For them, not only are the effects more obvious, but they’re riskier as they are more prone to feeling wheezy and tight in their chests in the first place.
It can also be harder to get out of the cycle of tightness once it has started.
The difficulty is spotting the problem of overbreathing (known as Breathing Pattern Disorder, or BPD).
Dr Moore-Gillon says: ‘The symptoms — whether you have asthma or not — can be quite vague: a sort of muzziness in the head or tingling in the fingers.
This post was originally posted on http://www.buteykotoday.com on 18th-FEB-2013.
We’ll now be using wordpress for posting update for www.buteykotoday.com, our newly set up website for serving the Vancouver area. At the moment, www.buteyko.com.tw will be managed by Dr. Hung Chen Tseng in Taiwan.
On Saturday (16th-Feb), Howard met with Buteyko Educator Chris Bauman from Victoria, at Dr. Edmund Liem’s dental office in Burnaby. It was the last session for a group of dentist learning Buteyko Technique to help patients with sleep apnea and snoring, as well as to reduce the chance of developing crooked teeth in children.