Dizziness can often be a very confusing symptom, and there are many different causes of dizziness. Disordered breathing can be a direct cause of dizziness, or a complication of dizziness that has another direct cause, such as the inner ear.
How can poor breathing cause dizziness?
Breathing related dizziness can be caused by the physiological imbalance that is created by over-breathing (hyperventilation). Breathing too fast, or too big, causes carbon dioxide to be expelled faster than the body produces it - this is called a breathing-metabolic mismatch. Levels of carbon dioxide in the blood become too low, leading to reduced blood flow to the brain and subsequent dizziness.
Hyperventilation can also exacerbate dizziness that is caused by the inner ear (vestibular system). A bout of severe dizziness often leads to a fear of moving the head and neck to avoid worsening the sensations. This leads to a rigid posture, and rapid, upper chest breathing, which, as mentioned above, leads to further dizziness and low carbon dioxide levels. A recent study found 23% of referrals to a dizziness clinic also had disordered breathing.
How can Breathing Works help dizziness?
- Help your system to return to optimum carbon dioxide levels and balance your physiology
- Teach you a diaphragmatic breathing pattern which will unload your neck muscles and improve the blood flow to your brain
- Teach you to relax your head and neck
- Teach you relaxation techniques to assist in your recovery from an often disabling and stressful condition
- Assist in your return to normal, daily life activities including work and sports or exercise
- Strengthen your breathing muscles to improve your general health and wellbeing