A breathing pattern disorder put simply is, an increase in breath rate or depth that is not relative to the current level of activity.

Breathing pattern disorders are commonly known as hyperventilation and can be mis-diagnosed as panic attacks.  They can be linked to an underlying respiratory condition or be completely standalone and can affect anyone at anytime.

Breathing is something we take for granted until it changes and affects what we are able to do.  The balance of the human body depends on the breath we take and so it is important to make sure it is as effective and efficient as possible.

Signs of breathing pattern disorder

  • Frequent yawning or sighing
  • Breathlessness on bending, lying down or at rest
  • Tight chest or difficulty expanding your chest
  • Pins and needles or cold fingers or toes
  • Palpitations* / feeling of loud or heavy heartbeat
  • Feeling faint*
  • Feeling of not being able to catch your breath
  • Increased tiredness
  • Fatigue or weakness

*Please consult your doctor before making an appointment

"If you are able to control your breathing correctly, you are able to exercise the right way"

Joseph Pilates

A breathing pattern disorder can originate from several conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Post-viral
  • Exercise

At Take a Breath Physio, we work alongside you to unpick your symptoms, tailor your treatment to fit with your busy lifestyle and help you feel confident breathing again.

Cough Control

Exercise Rehabilitation

Breathing Pattern Retraining

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