3 Breathing Exercises That Can Lead To A Healthier You
Breathing is one of the foundational principles of good health. Oxygen can be considered our most vital nutrient. Proper breathing is essential to physiological function of all systems of the body. Many breathing exercises have been developed over the years that can provide benefits to your health if practiced correctly and consistently.
1. Buteyko Method
Konstantin Buteyko developed his breathing method as a way to help those suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues.
The method is rooted in the idea that hyperventilation, and the release of excess carbon dioxide are the foundation for many asthma problems, whose symptoms, according to the method, are a spasm in the airways of the lungs.
One of the goals of the technique is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released in breathing. This requires that you learn and practice taking breaths that are much more shallow.
Although many researchers suggest further study on the technique is needed, the Medical Journal of Australia observed a reduction in the need for medication among a group who used the technique.
2. Abdominal Breathing Technique
Abdominal breathing is one of the simplest breathing exercises to practice. This exercise focuses on the proper mechanics of breathing, and emphasizes the correct use of the respiratory muscles.
Due to high levels of stress, poor posture, and lack of awareness, many individuals have an altered breathing pattern. They breathe into the chest rather than the abdomen.
This results in a reduction in the activation of the diaphragm muscle, and can increase tension in muscles of the shoulders and neck. Symptoms appear as increased headaches or neck pain.
Abdominal breathing calls for you to place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest. As you inhale through your nose, your belly should expand before your chest.
Hand placement allows you to monitor and adjust your breathing as necessary. This can be helpful in activating primary muscles of respiration and reducing tension in secondary muscles of the head and neck.
3. Alternate Nostril Breathing
Another simple, yet effective, breathing exercise for health is alternate nostril breathing. This exercise has been reported to increase balance and calmness to those who practice it.
Using one finger, close one nostril as you inhale deeply with the other. At the peak of inhalation, close your other nostril and release the other as you exhale. Reverse and repeat the process.
Like the abdominal breathing technique, this is a simple exercise that can be practiced anywhere and at any time. You never understand how exceptionally clear your nose is. By simply practicing a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing exercise for a few minutes every day, you can restore imbalances in your brain.
Using breathing exercises can be an important component to your health. Because of issues related to posture and emotional stress, many people have developed breathing patterns that reduce the quality of their health. Proper breathing is critical to a number of physiological functions in our body and can be a valuable source of enhanced vitality and well-being. But do these exercises in presence of a trained person like a Chiropractor or a yoga therapist.
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