I’ve lost count of the amount of people I’ve met in consultations and in Reset Breathing workshops who say that they can’t nose breathe because their nose is blocked.
Let me explain why mouth breathing and taking in too great a volume of air on an inhalation (plus sighing and deep breaths) is likely to give you a constantly blocked nose.
Not only that, the cumulative effect can end up in a patient commonly suffering from rhinitis and sinusitis.
Your nose becomes blocked because your overbreathing* doesn’t enable your blood vessels to dilate. When this happens, you reduce the flow of C02 and oxygen to the smooth muscle linings, creating the blockage. Asthmatics are classic overbreathers. In many cases, it is their overbreathing that causes asthma in the first place!
A natural remedy to reduce and eliminate symptoms associated with the above conditions is Buteyko breathing techniques. These take time to master with patience and commitment albeit under the expert guidance of a breathing re-trainer.
Additional lifestyle guidance is also encouraged as many patients’ parasympathetic time is often out of balance with their sympathetic…i.e. they spend too much time living in a heightened sense of anticipation. In 2016, this is especially true of those working with technology.
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*Overbreathing is defined as breathing faster than your metabolic rate requires. As human beings, we were designed to breathe far less per minute than we currently do on average and we only need take in very small amounts of air on those inhalations. Have a listen to your breathing. What does it sound like, look like and feel like?