Asthma Allergies Sleep Dental Sports Other

Who does the Buteyko Institute Method Help?

The BIM is suitable for children from 3 years of age and adults of any age. It is effective for people with all types of asthma, and may help people with other conditions such as sleep disorders, dental problems, panic attacks, chronic fatigue and those seeking to improve sports performance.

Each category is listed separately below.


Every year many people with asthma suffer respiratory infections, sore throats, physical incapacity, fatigue, time off work or school with a poor quality of life, ongoing financial expense and a deteriorating condition. Breathing retraining will significantly help people with asthma to improve their health and quality of life.

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Allergies / Rhinitis / Sinusitis / Eczema

Grasses, pollens, dust mites, cats and dogs, horses, feathers and certain foods can all trigger allergies, making life very unpleasant for allergy sufferers. In people who over-breathe, the immune system may be compromised, which can lead to hypersensitivity to allergens, and an over-reaction to these normally harmless substances. Correcting dysfunctional breathing patterns may lead to an improved immune system and may improve these conditions. Even people with severe allergies who have been unable to nose breathe for years may be helped. In addition, the skin condition, eczema, often experienced in conjunction with allergy and asthma may also respond to correcting breathing patterns with the BIM.

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Sleep Apnoea / Snoring / Sleep Disorders

Sleep Apnoea is a serious condition where breathing during sleep is obstructed for short periods several times a night, leading to "apnoeas" or pauses in breathing. Sleep apnoea sufferers find they are constantly tired and sleepy during the day and lack concentration. Both children and adults can suffer from this condition. Learning the BIM may help to correct dysfunctional breathing which can cause sleep apnoea, and may save sleep apnoea sufferers from having to use a machine (CPAP) while sleeping, or undergoing surgery for the condition.

For more information on sleep apnoea and breathing retraining see:
Birch, M. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Breathing Retraining, Australian Nursing Journal, August 2004.

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Dental / Orthodontic

Chronic mouth-breathing has long been seen as a concern by dentists and orthodontists. Some of the problems it may cause or contribute to include:
  • Greater potential for relapse of orthodontic correction
  • Malocclusion, anterior open bite
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Gum disease/Dental decay
  • Reduced dental arch space, increased crowding of teeth
  • Elongated face
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Increased entry to lungs, increased respiratory infection
  • Chronic tonsillitis/Enlarged adenoids
  • Nasal polyps
  • Noisy eating/Noisy breathing
  • Halitosis
  • Snoring, sleep apnoea
  • Increased mucus production/Increased allergies
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Sports performance/General Health

When we exercise, we produce large amounts of Carbon Dioxide. Adapting to higher levels of Carbon Dioxide - as taught in a BIM course - may lead to improvement in sports performance and an improvement in general health.

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Other Breathing Disorders

Chronic conditions such as emphysema, bronchiectasis, and chronic obstructive airways disease often leads to deterioration in quality of life for sufferers. Although these are chronic conditions, they may be improved through learning the BIM, thereby improving quality of life.

Panic Attacks

Intense, sudden and overwhelming fear or feelings of anxiety may lead to over-breathing or hyperventilation. The over-breathing during panic attacks in turn can lead to loss of Carbon Dioxide, which may increase feelings of anxiety and produce symptoms such as tingling or pins and needles. Learning the BIM provides sufferers with a method of correcting and controlling their breathing and may help to prevent panic attacks.

Chronic Fatigue

Often there is no apparent cause for this very debilitating condition, in which people suffer from chronic exhaustion and muscle and joint pains, regardless of the amount of sleep or rest. People suffering from this condition may achieve significant improvement in their health through learning the BIM.

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