We take breathing totally for granted – until we can’t or the air smells horrid or we have a cold!
Some people have to deal with this EVERY DAY if they have lung disease…
During Breathe Easy Week you can learn more about how we can all make our breathing more effective, easy and rewarding – with or without any pre-existing issues.
Gayle Palmer, the Osteopath at the Living Elements Clinic treats many clients with lung-related issues in the course of her work.
Here are some top ways to help yourself to breathe easy.
Good morning! This is Gayle Palmer from the Living Elements Clinic here, the osteopath in Sidlesham.
So, this week is Breathe Easy Week and it is being run by the National Lung Foundation which is the largest, maybe the only lung charity in the United Kingdom specifically related to all sorts of lung conditions and helping people to know how to survive and live with their lung conditions, and doing masses amounts of research in todays as well.
They spend more than 2 million pounds a year doing lung research and it is really important area of life.
I don’t know about you but I take a breath couple of times a minute You probably do it too. J And it is extraordinary if you find you cannot breathe properly or you are stopped from breathing or even if you have to hold your breath – how quickly you feel like panicking, get really anxious and worried.
Now, imagine if you felt that all of the time. Imagine if that was you all of the time?
So, there are whole varieties of lung conditions that you can have. So, I am considering more common ones than others. COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Cystic fibrosis where you get a lot of phlegm in your lungs. Asthma, of course. Pulmonary fibrosis where the lung gets very stiff and unable to move properly so they cannot breathe properly.
So, all of those things are common and to a certain extent, osteopaths and other health professionals are able to do things to help the function and help the breathing. But you can also do a whole load of things to help yourself all the time – everybody can do this whether you have a lung condition or not.
You know what? We all need to breathe and all of the time and that is why I am doing this video outside… You can probably hear the birds singing, it has rained heavily, the air is thick with moisture, it is very humid but it is warm and it is very clean air today. It has been properly washed through. So, if you have a lung condition, this actually is really good conditions to be breathing in.
One of the things that people do not realize is in order to take in oxygen, your lungs have to work and your throat and your nose, but you also have to be able to dissolve the oxygen from the air into your lungs. So, the air has to go in through the water in your lungs. So, having more humid air does make that a bit easier for you.
So, if you have very, very dry, it can be more difficult to breath.
One of the biggest, and easiest ways to reduce pollution and that is one of the biggest reasons the people struggle with breathing and their lung function generally is simple, is really simple. It’s turn off the car engine. Whenever you have an option do that, and it is sensible to do that. Consider getting an electric car or a hybrid, that does not produce carbon dioxide or other particulates which poison the air for us. And certainly does not produce nitrous oxide which is another big poisoner of the lungs and really stops us being able to breathe properly.
Did you know that we have an electric car charger here at the clinic especially for those who do now have electric cars? You can charge them at the clinic at minimal cost while you are having a treatment. So listen, I am trying my best, I am doing my best to lift up the environment and help people.
Another really simple thing to do is not car related necessarily but is to stop using aerosols particularly in the house. Of any description, whether that is for cleaning products, deodorants, furniture sprays, all of that. They contain hydrocarbons and other noxious chemicals which really do a lot of damage to our lungs and that are really a big problem over time. You will often find people who have lung conditions who do a really good house clean and then are wheezing, coughing, goodness knows what else because they are unable to breath properly – because of all the chemicals right now they put into the air which often you do not see.
Other things that you can do make sure that your general health and that is as good as you can. So, it is all the basics. You know, stop reinventing the world, we need good healthy diets. We need to eat good healthy foods without chemicals on them because that increase our problems and the inflammation goes around our bodies, but particularly in our lungs – if you have a weak area there.
Learn how to use your breath and your breathing. You need to be breathing from down here – in your diaphragm, roll them up here in your upper chest and the neck. If you are able to do that and there were ways that you can learn to do that (and I can teach you how to do that if you come in for a treatment at the clinic). If you upper chest and throat breathe almost, you increase your anxiety levels. If you breathe with your diaphragm and your lower ribs, you decrease your anxiety levels and that makes a really big difference to how you feel & your experience of life. So, learn how to do some abdominal breathing and have a go at Hatha yoga which is a breathing type yoga – it is very good for your health generally.
So, there are about one in five people (1:5) in the UK who have lung conditions at some point during their life. That is a really huge number and unfortunately that number is going to increase. So, it all beholds us to really look at and improve how we use our environment. What things we put into the air, how we are able to protect ourselves and our lungs, and our life and our children’s future.
So, please take it on and good luck. That is how you get on. Thanks very much. Bye Bye!