Women

Menstruation and PMT

There is a growing research base into the relationship between respiration and hormones. Progesterone is well known to act as a respiratory stimulant. Furthermore, during peri-menopause and menopause itself, fluctuating hormone levels cause varying degrees of unpleasant symptoms. Research supports breathing techniques to help, in particular with hot flushes. Many patients also comment that when they have learnt to breathe correctly they notice a reduction in their PMT symptoms.

Breathing retraining in conjunction with exercise and lifestyle changes can make a noticeable improvement in symptoms for many patients.

Stress and Urge incontinence, Pelvic pain

Poor breathing patterns are often seen in people who suffer from incontinence, and pelvic pain is associated with the possibility of leaking urine. The basic BradCliff methodology can assist with learning to let go of tension and to restore normal breathing and pelvic floor biomechanics. All of the core muscles (the diaphragm, pelvic floor, transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus), need to be working together for optimal function of the bladder and pelvic floor.

We strongly advocate working together with women's health physiotherapists when treating incontinence and pelvic pain.

Pregnancy & Childbirth

During pregnancy, breathing can be compromised due to the abdomen changing shape and upwards pressure on the diaphragm. The level of progesterone (a respiratory stimulant) is raised, and this may cause breathing-related symptoms in some women. Pregnant women often notice that they experience shortness of breath. Learning to breathing well is more efficient, so it conserves energy, may help ease breathlessness and may help facilitate movement for the baby. It is also believed that good breathing may help to position the baby for birth.