Buteyko, anxiety and chronic hyperventilation


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Buteyko method is life changing for persons with anxiety and panic attack. Unless chronic hyperventilation is addressed, patients are unlikely to make the progress that they should be making.

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AnxietyFree : 

AnxietyFree By: Patrick McKeown, author of “Anxiety Free: stop worrying and quieten your mind” www.ButeykoDVD.com www.ButeykoKids.com www.ButeykoClinic.com

How you breathe significantly contributes to; : 

How you breathe significantly contributes to; Anxiety Attention deficit Behavioural issues Racing mind Panic attacks Poor concentration

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More specifically: over-breathing /chronic hyperventilation Breathing a volume of air greater than metabolic requirements. In other words, breathing too much. During prolonged overbreathing, the respiratory centre in the brain is reset to maintain the habit. Prolonged hyperventilation (for more than 24 hours) seems to sensitize the brain, leading to a more prolonged hyperventilation.

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Modern living causes overbreathing Processed foods / overeating Lack of exercise Stress Belief good to big breathe High temperatures of houses Public speaking- school teachers, sales etc. Asthma – (symptoms- vicious circle)

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Overbreathing can be recognised by; Breathing through the mouth Hearing breathing during rest Sigh regularly Regular sniffing Irregular breathing Taking large breaths prior to talking Yawning with big breaths Upper chest movement Lot of visible movement

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What happens when you breathe too much?

The Bohr effect : 

The Bohr effect Heavy breathing causes a loss of carbon dioxide from the lungs, blood, tissues and cells. This results in less oxygen being released from the blood into the tissues and organs. The heavier you breathe, the more your body is being starved of oxygen. Breathing through the mouth, sighs, sniffing, noticeable breathing, hearing breathing during rest indicates that you are heavy breathing.

Blood vessel constriction : 

Blood vessel constriction “Every 1 mmHg drop of arterial CO2 reduces blood flow to the brain by 2%.” Haughe et al 1980 cited in Multidisiplinary approaches to breathing pattern disorders by Leon Chaitow, Dinah Bradley and Christopher Gilbert

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Lower carbon dioxide within the blood causes a constriction of the carotid artery, the main blood vessel going to the brain. The extent of constriction depends on genetic predisposition but has been estimated by Gibbs (1992) to be as much as 50% for those with anxiety and panic attacks. This finding is also supported by Ball & Shekhar (1997). Cited in Anxiety Free: stop worrying and quieten your mind

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Other researchers, including Balestrino and Somjen (1988) and Huttunen et al. (1999), have demonstrated that CO2 reduces cortical excitability. “breathing too much makes the human brain abnormally excited due to reduced CO2 concentrations. As a result, the brain gets literally out of control due to appearance of spontaneous and asynchronous (‘self-generated’) thoughts.” Balestrino and Somjen (1988) in their summary directly claimed that, “The brain, by regulating breathing, controls its own excitability.” Cited in Anxiety Free: stop worrying and quieten your mind

Oxygenate all tissues and organs : 

Oxygenate all tissues and organs Quiet breathing ensures optimum partial pressure of carbon dioxide within the lungs, blood, tissues and cells. The release of oxygen from the blood depends on the presence of carbon dioxide. The calmer and quieter you breathe, the more blood vessels open, enabling better circulation and distribution of oxygen throughout the body, including the brain. To oxygenate your brain- breathe correctly

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“Hyperventilation presents a collection of bizarre and often apparently unrelated symptoms, which may affect any part of the body, and any organ or any system.” hyperventilation syndrome as the fat file syndrome.

Vicious Circle : 

Vicious Circle

Reverse the circle : 

Reverse the circle

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Dr Robert Fried, professor of psychology, states that “the first stage of chronic graded hypoxia (insufficient oxygen), which has repeatedly been shown in the case of chronic hyperventilation, is depression of mood and activity.

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In the late Professor Buteyko’s words, “Exhaling Carbon Dioxide from the organism brings about spasms in bronchi, vessels and intestines, etc. This reduces oxygen supply, leading to oxygen deficiency, making one’s breath heavier, thus completing the vicious circle.”

What is involved with Buteyko? : 

What is involved with Buteyko? Unblocking of the nose Switching from mouth to nasal breathing Correction of breathing volume to more normal levels Various guidelines regarding physical exercise, diet, stress and sleeping.

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Filter: It acts as a filter for 75% of germs and bacteria Dust mites, animal dander, pollen, pollutants, etc. For example, through nasal breathing dust mites can be removed from the body in 15 minutes. Through mouth breathing, they remain for 60-120 days. Breathe through the nose only: Warms and moistens air Regulates Volume Helps teeth and gums Mouth breathing is socially unattractive

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