Deprived of a Beneficial Therapy?
Although I've been in and out of hospitals since my diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis at 9 years of age, I have never had a lung specialist of any kind teach me the basics of how to breathe correctly or optimally. This sounds a bit bizarre to me, should this not be one of the first things we get a lesson in? We are taught how to use our nebulisers and how to take our inhalers and home IVs. So surely we should be taught how to use our lungs, airways, and diaphragm in the most beneficial way? Especially considering the benefits this has for the average person without respiratory issues -as you will learn below.
Our lungs are free, we already have them, so there is no cost to our healthcare system. There is also no issue of any unwanted chemicals, toxins, or side effects by engaging in breathwork to improve our breathing, unlike that of many medications.
Or am I being ignorant? Is this not part of our respiratory physiotherapy because the majority of us struggle to breathe without coughing or losing our breath? Am I 'privileged' with a milder struggle with lung disease to believe that many of us could manage this type of therapy and in fact could benefit from it much more than the average person?
Since beginning my training, I have learned so many mind-blowing facts about breathing that I feel compelled to with those with breathing conditions, so sit tight while I dive in...
1. Similar to aerobic exercise, breathwork improves your heart function and strengthens your muscles. But most importantly, -for people like us, breathing exercises can improve your lung capacity!