Kinesiology and Breathing – is there a connection?
When we breathe in and out this is called Ventilation or Respiration. This is the body’s automatic process for keeping us alive. Breathing in its scientific process is the body’s absorption of Oxygen (O2) from the air through our lungs and into the blood stream. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then removed from the blood stream back into the air. We have about 21% O2 available to us in the air we breathe but only access to about 0.03 % CO2. Our lungs require about 6.5% CO2 to function properly therefore we need to produce this ourselves. This is done in the body as by-product of exercise and metabolism.
Breathing is an involuntary act, we could hold our breath but eventually we would pass out as the CO2 level becomes to high. When the CO2 levels become too high this disrupts the pH balance in the blood. (pH is a measure of acidity) The pH level needs to be ideally between 7.35 – 7.45 – a very small window for error. Having to low (6.8) or to high (7.8) of a pH level can result in the death of cells and ultimately death of the body.
When the body becomes more acid (as it is always alkaline) this is called Acidosis. Acidosis is the extreme in higher acid levels and can be potentially very dangerous if not treated. Alkalosis is the extreme of alkaline in the blood.
A person at rest may breathe anywhere from 8-20 breaths per minute (bpm) ideally though we need to breathe about 8-12 bpm through the nose only utilising the diaphragm and move 4-5 litres of air per minute through the lungs. Hyperventilation is breathing too much. People generally think of hyperventilation in association with stress or a panic attack, realistically though it truly is just breathing more than the body needs. This places the breaths per minute up around the 20 bpm and more. As the nose cannot handle that kind of volume, breathing through the mouth occurs.
When we breathe through our mouth as opposed to the nose we expose the body to the possibility of infection. The nose has its own filtration, heating, and humidifying systems. The nasal hairs (vibrissae) have the job of filtering out bigger particles of dust. If we breathe through our mouths this filtration system cannot work.
Generally we do not have to think about breathing thus the potentiality for problems. We can very easily develop poor breathing patterns and because breathing is automotive we do not become aware of these bad habits until we become unwell such as asthma or other breathing problems.
So how is there a connection between Kinesiology and Breathing?
Kinesiology is a technique that can assist those who have breathing issues. Kinesiology in itself does not profess to cure asthma or diagnose any medical condition.
Kinesiology digs deeper into the underlying problems a person may be experiencing and brings balance back into the body by shifting the energy to restore flow and increase well-being.
At Empowering theProduct Kinesiology we would love to have the opportunity to assist you with any issues that may be disrupting your breathing patterns and help you to restore a happy and healthy place of well-being
Have an empowered day
Yours in Health