Breathing & Physiotherapy

Debra Treloar, BSR, FCAMPT, Physiotherapist, discusses breathing & physiotherapy.

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Debra Treloar, BSR, FCAMPT, Physiotherapist, discusses breathing & physiotherapy.
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Featuring Debra Treloar, BSR, FCAMPT, Breathing & Physiotherapy

Duration: 1 minute, 50 seconds

When you sustain a traumatic injury or even if you’ve had pain for a long time, it alters your breathing because it elicits an autonomic nervous system response.

And that response is sometimes called a fight-or-flight response, and it’s – you’re hard-wired that way so that you can get away from danger or you can protect yourself if the danger’s going to come back at you.

And part of that response is that your respiration rate changes, so you start to breathe a lot faster. And often associated with that is that people breathe much more shallowly.

And it doesn’t have to be a traumatic event, it’s somewhat your perception of an event as well. So sometimes if you have an injury, you have pain and you think you should have been better last week and not this week, then now you start to, to start look at it as, “Oh no, I’m going to go down a road.” You catastrophize a little bit. And that also will increase your respiration rate. So you’re not calm about this event.

If we don’t take a full breath, we actually change the chemicals in our bloodstream. And when we do that, we’re not aiding the healing process. It can actually change how you think, how you sleep, how you move even.

The other thing associated with that, of course, is that you actually feel the pain more. So it’s very, very important that we get our respiration rate back to normal and that we’re able to breathe more deeply.

Physiotherapist will help you feel whether or not you’re breathing higher into your lungs or whether you’re able to breathe down into your lower ribs. He can also give you some ideas of how to time your breathing and to see what’s a normal rate or what’s not normal. And then they can help you with exercises and different things that will start to improve your breathing.

If you think that you have any problems with your breathing or that you’ve had pain for a long time or you’re wondering whether or not this is a problem for you, seek help from your physiotherapist. They’ll be happy to assess you and help you with changing your breathing patterns.

Presenter: Debra Treloar, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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