BREATHING WORKS clinics are the first of their kind in Australasia. These clinics are devoted to the treatment of respiratory problems,hyperventilation syndrome, and breathing pattern disorders, and utilise the highly effective BradCliff® breathing methods. Your first clinic session is one hour and during this time we will listen to your history, do some clinical tests and observations, and then discuss our findings. We will then explain the reasons for your symptoms, and assuming the breathing is the issue, we will teach you how to control or stop the symptoms from reoccurring. You will get a chance to lie down, put your feet up, and breathe well. All programmes are tailor made to suit you, and put you back in control.
One week later a half hour follow-up is essential to ensure a correct appropriate breathing pattern is being established, we will check how you are feeling and what is happening with the symptoms. Remember you will be learning a new habit, and like learning any new skill some ongoing coaching is important to optimise and consolidate your skills. Research suggests it takes 3-6 weeks to form a new habit, and up to six months to consolidate it. Session guidelines run approximately 5-6 sessions over 3-6 months, depending on what is useful for each individual client. NB: Sessions cover more than just breathing, as we are developing a life-long awareness. Other areas covered include developing body awareness, postural balance, lifestyle balance. Treatment progresses from lying to sitting, standing, walking and talking, and with any areas of special interest or need, such as sport, presenting to a group or controlling panic.
A key part of physiotherapy is moving – everything from helping you move sputum/phlegm without endless coughing, to moving with exercise, and most importantly, moving air efficiently through your lungs!
BradCliff Physiotherapists will teach you the best way to breathe.
BREATHING WORKS offer the service of Corporate Health Consultants implementing unique “ Breathe Stretch and Move” programmes to various innovative top companies and institutions New Zealand wide. This programme explains how to listen to your body and use it effectively for maximum mental clarity and physical ease. This helps increase productivity, with fewer ‘sick’ days, and promotes optimum health through re-education and practical recommendations.
The BradCliff® Method of training provides courses and education to health professionals world wide. Certified practitioners are continually informed with the latest research, ethical issues, assessment and treatment guidelines for chronic breathing pattern disorders / hyperventilation syndromes. The BradCliff® Method is a functional breathing based programme that combines breathing / movement and posture.The method is a structured research-based physiotherapy assessment and treatment programme for functional breathing pattern disorders which looks at breathing dysfunction as an indicator of physiological and mechanical imbalances and psychological stress in the human body.
We are experts in the area of breathing pattern disorders and performance, in particular anxiety reduction wether it be in sport, at work or socially. Breathing well and effectively creates clarity, calm and focus as well as energy preseveration.
New research is emerging on how a correct breathing pattern is essential for optimal sports performance.
Breathing patterns affect
- muscle fatigue,
- percieved shortness of breath
- peripheral circulation to key muscle groups.
- Muscle and mechanical imbalances leading to discomfort and pain –e.g shoulder impingments, chest pain discomforts,
Once the body starts demanding more of the lungs other areas need looking at, for example during exercise or sport there is a tendency to overuse the upper chest and upper body muscles making the work of breathing harder, less oxygen is available to supply to the lower limbs , as a result we are prevented form moving by either breathlessness or aching limbs.The BradCliff®Method involves good breathing patterns into functional activities including standing, walking, and can be tailored to specific exercise and sporting activities.Three areas are covered
- rest/ recovery,
- pre-sport warm up,
- actual sport performance.
Whether you are exercising to keep fit or to compete, a good breathing pattern awareness is always valuable. We will review your breathing pattern at rest and moving . This may include on a treadmill if necessary and also doing your sport activity (if possible in clinic).We find,-inspiratory muscle training (IMT), often essential, particularly for the serious athlete, but it must be used correctly to be of any benefit.(www.powerbreathe.com) Clients are also given strategies to prevent recurrences which includes improving your understanding of your condition/ compensatory patterns. Educating you about what is happening with your body is very empowering and especially important if you are an elite athlete competing at a top national level or international levels.
Working with children is extremely rewarding as changes occur quickly and are usually maintained. Looking at a child’s breathing pattern provides much information about their health and general wellbeing. We have a particular interest in
- Mouth breathers/snorers
- Sleep-related disorder
- Ear infections
- Focus/Attention (also applicable to adults) Teachers are noticing more than ever that children won’t sit still. Diagnoses of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have escalated. Children multi-task more than ever, especially with new media, e.g. sending/receiving text messages while doing homework.
- Asthma Respiratory Disorders
- Shortness of breath with play or sport.
BradCliff® Kids = calm, confident kids with clarity.
One in six adults and one in four children suffer from asthma.
The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis are also becoming increasingly common. Often the key component of a lung condition is managing it well ��������� keeping the lungs as clear as possible and using your lungs as effectively as possible, as well as using medication appropriately. We will show you how to achieve this,
- through breathing well, at rest and during movement
- addressing any musculo/skeletal maladaptations
- clearing sputum effectively without endless coughing,
- check you are comfortable with how to use your medication correctly, inhaler technique/spacer use,
- monitor your own symptoms accurately.
- Rescue breathing techniques, relaxation and recovery positioning.
- Understand what it feels like to relax so that when symptoms occur triggers for in particular asthma is identified.
- speech and breath control
All the above place you in control , allow confidence, reduce anxiety that can in itself contribute to symptoms but most importantly all lead to improved quality of life , in some cases reducing the need for medication .
We recommend our clients with lung conditions come in for a pre-winter check-up before the cold weather and bugs set in
Pregnancy & Childbirth
During pregnancy, breathing can be compromised due to changing shapes and pressure upwards on the diaphragm.The level of progesterone (a respiratory stimulant) is raised, and this may cause symptoms in some women. Pregnant women often notice that they experience shortness of breath. Breathing well is less work, so it, conserves energy, may help ease breathlessness and can help facilitate movement for the baby. It is also believed that good breathing may assist to position the baby for birth. Breathing and Labour
Changes in breathing are an automatic response to pain. Good breathing rhythms help to:
- Control pain
- Increase energy levels
- Provide good oxygenation to the uterus and to the baby
- Assist with the process of labour, especially during stage two.
Breathing awareness through the stages of labour can help to prevent fatigue and symptomatic hyperventilation.
Urge incontinence One major problem with urge incontinence is the anxiety associated with the possibility of leaking urine. The basic BradCliff methodology can assist with general stress issues. All the core muscles -back and tummy muscles, as well as diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles, need to be working together for optimal function of the breathing, core stability and the bladder/pelvic floor. Working in with women’s health physiotherapists can be beneficial for patients with urge incontinence. (Have link here to incontinence site we ask for a reciprocal link)
Menstruation and PMT There is growing evidence between the relationship of respiration and hormones. Progesterone is well known to act as a respiratory stimulant. Many patients comment that when they have learnt to breathe correctly they notice a reduction in their PMT symptoms.
Menopause During perimenopause and menopause itself, fluctuating hormone levels cause varying degrees of unpleasant symptoms. Research supports breathing techniques to help, in particular with hot flushes.
Anxiety, panic , low mood ,foggy brain, depression , are all signs of inbalanced physiology.The first step for control and restoration is breathing.Baseline calm enables growth physically, mentally and sprirtually. It is the essence of our being, but sadly due to life in the 21st centuray this is severly compromised.The goal at Breathing Works is for all clients to experience Baseline Calm and learn to achieve it themselves.