Did you know that how you breathe can directly impact your health and how you feel?
One of the main things to consider is if you are a nasal breather or a mouth breather. The most efficient method of inhaling is through the nose using the diaphragm (Tecklin, 1981).
Signs of mouth breathing:
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
- Waking up tired and irritable
- Chronic fatigue
- Dark circles under the eyes
Problems associated with mouth breathing:
- Forward Head Posture
- Neck tightness
- Jaw pain
There are many causes of mouth breathing including: allergies, colds, chronic sinus disease, shape/size of the jaw, sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils/adenoids, stress, anxiety, and at times it is just a habit that has developed over time.
Benefits of Nasal Breathing
- Natural filtration of air
- Humidification of air
- Warms the air entering your body
- Better oxygenation of lungs
The simple act of moving more air through the nostril can help to clear it. The positioning of the tongue can also impact the sinuses as a tongue that is on the roof of the mouth can help keep the palate (roof of your mouth) expanded maximally.
Postural Restoration is a therapy intervention that focuses on maximizing respiratory control and efficiently through education, exercise, and hands on treatment.
If you consider yourself a “bad breather” and feel it is impacting your health, come in for a consult.