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Leah Sarich – Health Specialist: Breathing Right

bt.calgary | posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013

We breathe 20 thousand times a day without realizing it. But often we can be breathing incorrectly. If we’re feeling sad, happy, angry or stressed then we may start breathing wrong. And if we’re feeling a certain way for a long period of time, for example if we’re stressed for several weeks then an incorrect breathing pattern can set in. And according to physiotherapist Jessica DeMars who is a specialist in breathing retraining, these negative breathing patterns can lead to a whole host of health problems.

Jessica says we can experience shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, muscle pain, digestive upset, poor concentration and an increase in pain levels.

So what Jessica tries to do is teach patients to return to a natural breathing state. This means breathing in through the nose and right into the belly and slowing it all down. She says many of us only breathe into the upper chest which can trigger the ‘flight or fight’ response, when in fact breathing into the belly triggers the ‘rest and digest’ response. We need both responses in a balanced state to achieve optimum wellness.

If you visit Jessica to assess your breathing, she’ll do a patient history, an assessment, and then use a computer program to look at your respiratory chemistry. She’ll then educate you about breathing properly and teach you some exercises which you need to practice to change your breathing patterns.

Breathing naturally will help you feel better and help you cope with life’s certain stresses.

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