Often I hear from people asking if their congestion or nasal blockages are breathing related and can they avoid surgery to fix it. In many cases, yes, the problem is breathing related and perhaps surgery can be avoided.
Sinusitis, rhinitis and rhinorrhea or other chronic nasal problems usually can be helped by changing how you breathe. More complicated problems that often require surgery such as adenoids, enlarged tonsils, polyps, deviated septum etc. may be helped as well.
The Cause of Most Nasal Blockage and Congestion
Nasal blockages, congestion and chronic runny noses are usually the result of tissue inflammation in the nose caused by poor cellular oxygenation, diet and decreased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the nose.
I confirm this with clients through a simple test that rapidly increases nasal CO2 levels. If within a couple of minutes of starting the test, the client can breathe better through the nose, we know their problem is breathing related. I've had clients in tears when they feel the flow of air, even a tiny bit, through their nostrils. Many tell me they haven't breathed through their nose in years or decades.
Carbon Dioxide and Tissue Oxygenation Is Key
CO2 and proper oxygenation of nasal cells is key to relieving nasal blockages and congestion. Nasal inflammation is reduced with the dilating properties of higher CO2 levels. Nasal tissues shrink including blockages such as polyps and adenoids with time. Rhinitis and sinusitis symptoms are reduced over time.
In 2009, a study of rhinitis suffers was conducted at the Limerick Regional Hospital in Ireland. Special breathing techniques designed to increase nasal CO2 levels were taught. The results of the trial showed a 70% reduction of nasal congestion, poor sense of smell, snoring and trouble breathing through the nose.
Changing Your Breathing May Relieve Your Nasal Congestion or Blockages
Time and time again, I've seen problems in the nose relieved when the client changes how they breathe. And the 3 step Essential Breath™ program is designed to help. Step 1 employs breathing techniques to provide temporary relief of nasal congestion or blockages, similar to nasal sprays. Step 2 conditions the breathing center of the brain, the medulla oblongata, to retain more CO2 in the body, The extra CO2 goes to work to help better oxygenate nasal tissue and its dilation properties help keep the nasal passages open. Step 3 works on the medulla to maintain correct breathing levels at all times, maintaining normal CO2 levels in the nose and keeping the nose open over the long run.
While changing the way you breathe will not help everyone with nasal congestion or blockages, it's worth checking out. This is especially true if your congestion is chronic or you're being told surgery is required. It may be worth the small investment of time to see if changing your breathing will do the trick. Cause you see, how you breathe really matters.