Do you wish your asthma was under better control? Does stress make your symptoms worse? Does your asthma stop you from exercising? Is your asthma worse just before or during your period? Is pregnancy or menopause making your asthma harder to control?
Studies have shown that women have worse and more frequent asthma symptoms when compared with men. It is believed that female hormones are responsible for this discrepancy in symptoms, particularly during puberty, periods, pregnancy and the menopause.
But there’s nothing I can do about hormones!
No, not directly BUT you can make sure you’re managing what you can control! And after taking your medication correctly the next most important thing is how you breathe!
It has been estimated that 30-80% of asthmatics have dysfunctional breathing patterns and evidence recommends that every person with asthma should undergo breathing retraining with a qualified professional such as a respiratory physiotherapist.
It is possible that you have attributed some of your symptoms to your asthma, believing there is nothing you can do about them, but this may not be the case.
If you haven’t had a session with a respiratory physiotherapist, I would suggest booking an appointment as soon as possible, especially if you:
Breathe through your mouth or upper chest
Breathe quickly and shallowly
Yawn or sigh frequently
Wheeze during exercise
Struggle to take a satisfying breath in
Struggle with clearing secretions
Have an irritable cough
Have feelings of anxiety
Have disturbed sleep
Many of these symptoms can be improved with breathing techniques, cough control or airway clearance techniques which I will tailor to your specific needs.
The combination of medication and breathing techniques is proven to be the most effective way to control your symptoms.
Restore your normal breathing pattern and physiology
Help you to feel calm at rest and in stressful situations
Get you exercising again
Reduce the need for your reliever inhaler (the blue one!)
Check your inhaler technique to ensure you’re getting the best dose
Teach you airway clearance if secretions are concern for you
Teach you techniques to manage an ‘attack’
Strengthen your breathing muscles
Manage any neck/back/shoulder pain as a result of incorrect breathing
Reduce your anxiety
Get you feeling better and back in control
If you would like to discuss your specific needs further or if you want to start feeling better right away, please get in contact!