Addressing dysfunctional breathing at conference

Jessica DeMars BSc.P.T. from Breathe Naturally in Canada recently attended the Canadian Respiratory Conference, organised by the Canadian Lung Association where she submitted the poster, Addressing Dysfunctional Breathing Patterns as a Contributor to Disproportionate or Unexplained Dyspnea: A Case Series.

Here we share the poster from the authors Jessica DeMars, BSc.P.T. and Brandie Walker MD, PhD FRCPC., which included Inspiratory Muscle Training with POWERbreathe as one of the Treatment Interventions, along with a screenshot of the POWERbreathe K5 Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software showing improvements in Maximum Inspiratory Pressure and Peak Inspiratory Flow following pressure threshold inspiratory muscle training.


Breathing Patterns by Robin McNelis

Robin McNelis is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in cardiac and respiratory physiotherapy at Wellington Hospital in London and a qualified athletics coach running his own health, fitness and wellbeing consultancy, Run Robin Run.

Athletics Weekly have been featuring his series of four articles, all about how to breathe correctly as an athlete, and how a good breathing technique can improve athletic performance.

This is the third article in the series, Breathing Patterns, which looks at how to prevent bad breathing and what triggers it.

Robin goes on to list 3 main categories that may trigger bad breathing:

1. Physical – such as environment, foods, allergens etc
2. Emotional – stress, anxiety and frustration to name but a few
3. Thought Processes – mainly self-diagnosis

Visit Athletics Weekly to read Breathing Patterns by Robin McNelis online.

Athletics Weekly will be publishing Robin’s final article next in which he talks about breathing in exercise, looking at the techniques that can be used to strengthen your breathing and performance, including, among other things, Inspiratory Muscle Training and POWERbreathe!

Read Robin’s first article, Correct Breathing for Athletes >

Read Robin’s second article, Good and Bad Breathing in Athletics >