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Does Breathwork Work?

From the Therapist's Desk

This blog post was written by Jacob Hardy, a Core Physical Therapy PT who specializes in breathing disorders.

In the realm of alternative therapies, breathwork has emerged as a prominent method for improving health and well-being. As a certified Buteyko breathing instructor, people are always asking me: Does breathwork actually work?

Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. People practice breathwork to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Among these methods, the Buteyko Breathing Technique has gained attention for its potential to address various respiratory conditions.

Research indicates that controlled breathing can influence the nervous system, reduce stress levels, and improve cardiovascular functions. A study published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Psychology’ found that breath control can lead to decreased anxiety and improved mood states.

Developed by Ukrainian physician Konstantin Buteyko, the Buteyko Method focuses on nasal breathing, controlled breaths, and relaxation techniques. It’s based on the premise that over-breathing leads to a decrease in carbon dioxide levels, which can disrupt the body’s pH balance and lead to various health issues.

Numerous studies have evaluated the Buteyko method’s effectiveness, particularly concerning asthma. A randomized controlled trial in the ‘British Medical Journal’ reported that participants using the Buteyko method reduced asthma symptoms and improved quality of life. Moreover, a systematic review in the ‘Thorax’ journal concluded that the Buteyko method could significantly reduce the need for reliever medication in asthma patients.

Breathwork isn’t just for those with respiratory issues; it’s beneficial for anyone looking to enhance their overall well-being. It’s known to aid in stress management, improve sleep patterns, and increase focus and concentration.

Incorporating breathwork into your daily routine can be a simple yet effective way to enhance your health. Start with just a few minutes each day, focusing on slow, controlled breathing through the nose.

Interested in exploring how breathwork can improve your health? At Core Physical Therapy, we offer personalized breathing evaluations to tailor a breathwork program to your needs. As a certified Buteyko breathing instructor I am committed to guiding you on your journey to better health.

Don’t wait to take control of your health. Contact us today to schedule your breathing evaluation and discover the transformative power of breathwork.

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