FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most people feel better after the first appointment. Sometimes it takes two appointments to see some improvement. Remember, you need to put in the practice to get ongoing change and improvement. It also depends on how often events or circumstances are triggering poor breathing as to how quickly you can recover.
It can take up to 15,000 repetitions to change a habit. For breathing retraining, it usually takes three to six weeks to change the habit, and six months to firmly entrench the new habit.
We are commonly asked this, as people think surely we just need to breathe in and out, and have done since we were born? That’s true – we all breathe, but it doesn’t mean we breathe well. Bad habits such as poor sitting postures, life events such as trauma or grief and organic disorders such as asthma all lead to changes in our breathing. Once the changes occur, the pattern may well become habitual and a disorder in its own right. Often we don’t notice things have changed until we get symptoms we can’t ignore any more.
Some other common triggers that alter our breathing:
- mouth breathing
- pain – especially back, neck or abdominal pain
- busy brain
- sinus problems/ stuffy nose
- chronic lung disease
- ongoing emotions like grief, or excitement
- poor posture/ergonomics
- prolonged computer use
Remember even if the trigger has gone, the body can have developed a habit that perpetuates.
If you have any other specific questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on (09) 522 1122.