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Buteyko for Asthma

Buteyko breathing is a technique used to reduce the frequency and severity of Asthma.

It involves simple exercises in voluntary breath control to calm and reduce the rate and depth of breathing.

Throughout 5 sessions you will be guided through a series of breathing exercises and advised on how to make use of these to help you manage your condition better. They are designed to complement medical treatment and give you a further drug free option to help prevent and relieve your symptoms.

How often will I need to practise?

For best improvements of your symptoms you will need to practise in 20 minute sessions, 3-5 times per day for at least 5 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of your condition. The programme relies on your dedication to practise and most people following the programme will notice significant improvements within the first 2 weeks.

Will I need any equipment?

The only equipment you will need is a clock with a second hand, a stopwatch and a quiet place to practice.

Is it safe for all Asthmatics?

One of the advantages of the Buteyko method is that it is an inherently safe, effective, drug-free method of improving the control of your asthma. The breathing exercises fully complement conventional medicine and no research has shown negative side effects.

Will my medication need to be altered?

Most asthmatics very quickly find that the need for their reliever inhaler is significantly reduced after starting the Buteyko programme. You will be encouraged to continue taking your peak flow readings as normal and to liase with your doctor or practise nurse as your symptoms lessen, to reduce the dose of your preventor inhaler.

Aim of Buteyko

The fundamental aim of Buteyko is to improve the quality of life of those suffering from Asthma and the programme is guided by the client's own aims.