Why You Have Breathing Difficulties
If you notice that you are having breathing difficulties, or have the feeling of tightness when trying to breathe, or other difficulties, it is important that you speak to your doctor. You may have a condition such as asthma, a respiratory infection, and most-importantly, you may be over-breathing, which could lead to further complications. There are many reasons why you could have breathing difficulties, and fortunately there are ways to treat these difficulties and improve your health.
Defining Breathing Difficulties
There is no one definition for what a breathing difficulty is. You may feel out of breath with minor exercises, but you may or may not have a medical condition. In addition, individuals who have lung disease may never actually feel short of breath. With that said, breathing difficulties are caused by many different things. Wheezing is one example of a breathing difficulty; others are blocked nose, coughing, shortness of breath, and suffocation attacks.
Causes of Breathing Difficulties
As you have learned, breathing difficulties are caused by a variety of different things. For instance, the term shortness of breath can be caused by a blockage in your throat, mouth, or nose, which is considered to be a breathing difficulty. In addition, medical conditions, such as heart disease and lung disease can also cause an individual to experience difficulty breathing. Furthermore, circumstances that cause emotional stress and anxiety can also cause breathing difficulties. Typically, issues with the lungs are what cause many breathing difficulties. This could include a pulmonary embolism, bronchitis, COPD, asthma, pneumonia, and pulmonary hypertension. Other causes include croup, allergies, climbing at high altitudes, dust, hiatal hernias, obesity, and panic attacks.
Breathing Awareness Can Help
While it is important to talk to your doctor if you have breathing difficulties, there are some things you can do to help improve your breathing. First, take a moment to notice your breathing. Become intimately familiar with it. Notice how you breathe when you are physically active or at rest, when you talk, sing, eat, or when you argue with someone. Do you often breathe through your mouth? If your answer is ‘yes’, you hyperventilate. This means that your body consumes more air than it needs. As Dr. K.P. Buteyko discovered, over-breathing is damaging to all bodily systems and, contributes to the development of many diseases. Dr. Buteyko’s Breathing Normalization Method was devised to increase awareness, decrease chronic over-breathing and so to improve health. Remember, there is no health without healthy breathing. Take a moment to notice how you breathe.
If you are concerned about breathing difficulties, contact the professionals at Breathing Center, Holistic Health Improvement. Call today to schedule an appointment at 800-520-3450.