As a result the chest area can become tight, tension in the neck and headaches can be the result because the muscles are not designed to take over the main function of breathing for a long time.
Focus on engaging the diaphragm (breathing muscle) to support you with your inhalations and exhalations during the day. Our breathing rhythm should be slow and calm compare to heavy or erratic.
Our health will suffer if the breathing is incorrect and poorly. By hyperventilating / breathing too much we lose an excess of CO2 each time we exhale.
Blood vessels react to low levels of CO2 and constrict. This has an immediate effect on the circulation making it more difficult for the blood to flow leading to increased blood pressure.
Breathing too much and exhaling too much carbon dioxide is not well tolerated by our airways. They might start to spasm and constrict which makes it more difficult for asthmatics to breathe comfortably.
Symptoms of hyperventilation: shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, muscle tension, sweaty hands
Hyperventilation imitates symptoms of some serious conditions / disease. Please consult as well with your doctor.
What can you do?
The team at Shore Natura Health can help.
Find more information on our website www.snhl.co.nz under Buteyko Breathing.