My Myo Matters

Breathing

It's how we breathe that matters

Most of us go through life without paying too much attention to the benefits of correct breathing. But for OMT therapists, correct breathing is core to effective treatment and that means breathing through the nose.

Why should I breathe through my nose?

While we were born to breathe through the nose, it is estimated that at least 3 out of 10 people (and some estimates put the number at closer to 5) habitually breathe through the mouth without giving a second thought to the negative health impacts. 

 

There are significant benefits to breathing through the nose. Firstly, it filters out all the dust, allergens and pollen in the air before they get to your lungs. The nose also humidifies inhaled air, bringing it to body temperature and making it easier for your lungs to use. 

 

But best of all? Breathing through the nose means a higher quality breath that delivers between 10% to 20% more oxygen into the bloodstream.

What causes mouth breathing?

There are a variety of factors that cause mouth breathing including: 

 

  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids; 
  • Allergies and hay fever; 
  • Chronic nasal congestion; 
  • Deviated septum; 
  • Habitual mouth breathing.

What is the impact of mouth breathing?

Mouth breathers can develop a range of health issues including: 

 

  • Dental: the growth and development of the teeth, crooked teeth, orthodontic relapse, bad breath, gingivitis, increase in dental caries; 
  • Digestive: gas, indigestion and acidic reflux; 
  • Sleep: Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. 
  • Overall health: ADD/ADHD, chronic fatigue, poor concentration and enlarged tonsils. 

What are the signs that I am mouth breathing?

You may have noticed the following signs of mouth breathing including dry lips and mouth, open mouth, long narrow face, or poor posture including a forward head position. 

How can OMT help with mouth breathing?

Book in for a full mouth breathing assessment and start an individualised program of exercises that are designed to retrain your facial muscles to achieve correct nasal breathing, lip sealing, tongue posture and correct swallow pattern. 

 

Alicia is also trained in Buteyko Breathing, a retraining program that focuses exclusively on the nose so that you can enjoy quiet, regular, effortless and diaphragmatic breathing.