The Buteyko Breathing method is a breathing re-education programme. It first came to the UK from Russia in the 1990’s and was used then with children and adults suffering with asthma. Buteyko Breathing aims to reduce disordered breathing , so the breathing pattern becomes more efficient, and is steadily becoming used more in the UK. Since 2008 it has been included in the British Guideline on the Management of Asthma as a method for managing symptoms of asthma. It is a non invasive natural way of retraining the body how to breath and reducing the need for medication. For the past 19 years, the Buteyko method has been shown to be an effective intervention for other conditions including the following:
Asthma, hayfever and chronic nasal congestion Insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, (all forms of sleep disordered breathing) Children’s dental health, craniofacial development, diabetes and ADHD Anxiety and panic attacks.
WHO WAS DR BUTEYKO?
Dr Konstantine Buteyko was s a Russian doctor practicing in Russia in the 1950’s. He began to study the relationship between breathing patterns and illness in his patients, noticing that their breathing became more intense, with more audible breathing from the chest and abdomen, a faster breathing rate, patients sighed more frequently and breathed through their mouths. By reducing breathing volume and encouraging nasal as opposed to mouth breathing, he was able to relieve many symptoms of chronic asthma in his patients and normalised his own high blood pressure by using the same techniques. He did extensive research into the connection between breathing habits and health over the next 40 years, his method reaching the UK in 1990.