Case studies / typical outcomes from people who have completed a breathing retraining program at the Centre
Since 1999, I have taught breathing retraining programs to hundreds of people, who suffered from numerous symptoms and conditions. The following are just a few examples of typical outcomes for clients who completed their breathing retraining program at my practice.
Headaches / lack of concentration
This very annoying and often debilitating symptom is fairly common in clients who attend the Centre, particularly for those with snoring, sleep apnoea, sinus problems, allergies and those who mouth-breathe. During a breathing retraining program, people learn how to unblock the nose and with practice - often a few days - they are able to nose-breathe quietly and gently during sleep, and during the daytime. The majority of people have remarked that they can now concentrate and that they no longer suffer from headaches.
Fatigue / lack of energyFor people with sleep problems, whether it is due to sleep apnoea, snoring or waking up with asthma symptoms, fatigue is very common among clients who enroll in the breathing retraining programs. Once refreshing sleep is restored through learning how to improve breathing patterns, I find that people are often sleeping well and waking refreshed for the first time in years. In fact, I sometimes have to advise people to pace themselves, as their energy returns and they are so keen to tackle all the things they have been allowing to slide due to lack of energy.
Snoring / sleep apnoeaFrom my practice, I have found that snoring and sleep apnoea impact not only on the person with the condition, but also on partners, family and work colleagues. Not enjoying refreshing sleep leads to irritability, lack of concentration and lack of energy. I have found that partners sometimes are not sharing the same bed because of the loud snoring and interrupted sleep. Sometimes it is the partner who takes the initiative in enrolling their husband / wife /partner in a breathing retraining program. I have found that when sleep improves for the person with sleep apnoea, sleep also improves for their partner, and they can both enjoy better sleep and an improved relationship following the breathing retraining program.
Asthma / Allergies / COPD / EmphysemaFor people with asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, quality of life may be reduced, as people try to cope with symptoms and often a lack of refreshing sleep. From my practice, I have found that quality of life improves for these people, as they are having less symptoms, need less medication, and are sleeping better - often within days of starting the breathing retraining program. I have taught people with severe asthma, COPD and emphysema who were on nebulizers and steroids and who were able to reduce and eventually eliminate these under their doctor's guidance. A diagnosis of COPD or emphysema can be very frightening. In my practice I have found that people with these conditions respond very well to breathing retraining, and although they may not be running marathons, they are able to resume living again with less symptoms, often needing less medication and very often they have a renewed sense of optimism about the future.
Sense of smell / polypsFrom my experience, many people find that they have a lost or diminished sense of smell. I have found that as they learn how to keep the nose unblocked during the breathing retraining program and breathe through the nose, their sense of smell improves - often within days. I have seen people whose polyps shrunk during a breathing retraining program and their polyps have not re-grown when their breathing improved. I have also seen people whose sense of smell returned after just a few days of breathing retraining, often following years without a sense of smell.
Exercise / HobbiesBefore doing the breathing retraining program at the Centre I find that some people may describe themselves as "being in survival mode". Just coping with everyday activities may be all they are able to achieve and although they would like to exercise or take up a hobby, they are just not able, either due to lack of energy, lack of motivation, shortness of breath or other symptoms. From my practice, I have found that when breathing and sleep improve and symptoms are reduced following a breathing retraining program, people are able to take up exercising and resume hobbies again. I have seen people go from not being able to exercise at all to walking several km per day, or taking up swimming again after many years of not exercising. For many people, being able to run or swim without symptoms and not having to use puffers is a welcome relief.
Anxiety / Stress / Panic disorderStress is a very common symptom for many people who enroll in breathing retraining programs at my practice. Over the years I have taught numerous people suffering from anxiety, stress or panic disorder and I find it a very rewarding experience to see their improvement, as they discover the impact that their improved breathing has on their condition, sometimes after months or years of attempting to cope with their symptoms. In my practice I have taught several people suffering from severe panic disorder. The majority of these people has achieved remarkable outcomes and has been able to resume their activities and hobbies without allowing symptoms of stress, anxiety or panic disorder to dominate their lives.
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