How you breathe tells a lot about your physical as well as mental wellbeing. Physicians have been using breathing patterns and frequency for decades to identify the underlying medical conditions in patients. However, a breathing problem doesn’t always point towards any other medical condition. In many cases, the breathing problem itself is the health condition that needs to be addressed.
Many people suffer from a range of borderline breathing problems and don’t even realize that. Then some are aware of their breathing issues but avoid going to the doctor because it doesn’t affect them too much.
We have put together this article for all such people suffering from a breathing problem but evading professional treatment. This article will walk you through the most common breathing problems and how you can alleviate them without consulting a physician and administrating medicines.
Dyspnea is the name given to the feeling when you experience shortness of breath. It underlines the condition when it seems like your body can’t get enough air. A person can suffer from dyspnea for many reasons. For instance, if you are in bad physical shape, you will experience dyspnea. High altitudes can also cause it.
However, the dangerous bit about dyspnea is it might be a symptom of compromised lung or cardiovascular health. If you feel shortness of breath without any plausible reason (intense physical workout, high altitude, or obesity), you need to consult a physician. Otherwise, you can take care of it on your own.
You can take care of dyspnea by carrying out the pursed-lip breathing or diaphragm breathing exercise discussed in earlier posts. You can also use a respiratory training device to train your muscles for fighting against shortness of breath. Using a respiratory training device for 10-15 minutes daily will help you noticeably reduce the intensity of your dyspnea spells within a couple of weeks.
Hyperventilation is a condition when you breathe rapidly, and your exhalation volume exceeds inhalation volume. Like dyspnea, hyperventilation can also be caused by various non-medical reasons. For instance, it is common among those who engage in high-endurance physical activity every so often. Moreover, people suffering from anxiety can also experience hyperventilation.
Hyperventilation is dangerous for the human body because a person exhales excessive amounts of carbon dioxide while hyperventilating. This leads to the drop of healthy CO2 levels in the body that subsequently throw off blood’s chemical balance. This imbalance can eventually materialize as a feeling of weakness and dizziness.
There are multiple ways to treat hyperventilation on your own. For starters, there is one traditional DIY measure that physicians also recommend, i.e., breathing into a paper bag. This treatment entails that when you hyperventilate, pick a paper bag and start breathing in it. This way, you inspire back some of the CO2 and get your breathing on track. Moreover, you can also control hyperventilation by covering one of your nostrils or mouth. However, these are provisional remedies.
If you want to treat the problem of hyperventilation once and for all, consider carrying out device-assisted breathing exercises. You will need a respiratory training device to adjust the air pressure to regulate the breathing difficulty level. Practicing difficult breathing via the device activates your diaphragm and let you breathe healthily.
Like hyperventilation, this respiratory problem is also associated with rapid breathing. However, hyperventilation is about an increased rate of the depth of respiration, and tachypnea is just about an increased breathing rate. In other words, breathing remains shallow in tachypnea.
Many diseases can cause tachypnea. However, its leading cause is the lung’s limited capacity to take in the inhaled air. Many people who gain excessive weight encounter tachypnea as one of the side effects of obesity.
The main objective of tachypnea treatment is to improve lung capacity. A respiratory training device is the most effective option to increase that capacity without incurring any side effects. The deep breathing exercise you do through a respiratory training device activates your respiratory muscles.
The activation of respiratory muscles improves the quality of your inhales and exhales. This means you can take in and out the needed amount of air in an involuntary manner without exerting too much force.
If you are suffering from tachypnea due to obesity, you need to shed all those unhealthy pounds off your body.
If you have noticed, device-assisted respiratory exercise is part of the treatment for all the breathing problems we have discussed here. For device-assisted breathing exercises, you should consider Orygen Dual Valve or Orygen Inspiratory Valve.
The regular and right use of these devices strengthens your inspiratory and expiratory muscles. Subsequently, strengthened respiratory muscles can help you reduce breathing problems without needing medicines and professional intervention.