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Gillian Austin is clinical specialist physiotherapist, pulmonary rehabilitation/respiratory physiotherapy, Hertfordshire Community Trust.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- What the Buteyko breathing technique is
- The evidence base for this complementary approach
- Key elements of the method
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
The Buteyko technique specifically and its evidence base. Alternatively, this article may be useful if you were looking more generally at treatment for respiratory disorders, or researching complementary therapies.
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
This article could be useful if you are based on a respiratory clinic or ward – in this situation it may help you to teach your patients a technique they may not be aware of, complementary to the treatment they are receiving. Alternatively, your placement may already be using the technique and it would be helpful if you are already aware of how it works and why it is used.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- Have you ever used the Buteyko breathing technique with patients?
- What complementary treatments do you feel benefit patients the most?
STUDENT NT DECODER
Buteyko breathing technique
A system of breathing exercises and holistic advice that lower patients’ minute volume by reducing both respiratory rate and depth. In simple terms, this means learning to “breathe less”.
Breathing faster or deeper than normal. As more carbon dioxide is being breathed out than the body is producing, this can cause a decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide circulating (hypocapnia) so it is important that breathing is returned to normal as soon as possible.
A programme of interventions, usually offered by a multidisciplinary team, to help control chronic respiratory conditions.