Breathing Pattern Disorders Leon Chaitow Sat 4th June 9am - 5pm

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Breathing Pattern Disorders Leon Chaitow Sat 4th June 9am - 5pm
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This course will explain the presentation and symptoms of, as well as rehabilitation strategies for, the widespread condition (mainly affecting females) of unbalanced respiration (breathing pattern disorder/BPD). 

Course Schedule

1.   Introduction to breathing pattern disorders (BPD): definitions, gender issues, range, symptoms, triggers. (lecture/powerpoint demonstration)

2.   The patho-physiology of BPDs – effects of BPD on circulatory, neurological, psychological and metabolic processes. (lecture/powerpoint demonstration)

3.   Recognizing BPD.  Signs and symptoms; tests - including Nijmegen questionnaire as well as other validated methods, including capnography (if available)

4.   Discussion and outline of validated rehabilitation methods

5.   Nutritional strategies and BPD

6.   Review and questions 


New evidence will be offered linking BPD with widespread metabolic imbalances, disturbed autonomic balance, musculoskeletal and circulatory function, affecting pain thresholds, motor control, core stability and balance, as well as emotional lability.

Particular focus will be given to biochemically related features such as:

  • Hormonal influences on BPD (particularly those relative to the menstrual cycle, such as progesterone)
  • The importance in the prevention of BPD of stable blood-sugar levels
  • The effects of respiratory alkalosis - a common consequence of BPD
  • The biochemical effects of chronic/repetitive excretion of bicarbonate – the homeostatic response to respiratory alkalosis – including neurological symptoms including altered pain perception.
  • The influences of  BPD/alkalosis on gut function – particularly relating to smooth muscle constriction and associated effects on motility
  • The influences of  BPD/alkalosis on genitourinary/pelvic pain and dysfunction – particularly relating to stress incontinence, interstitial cystitis  and premenstrual syndrome
  • The widespread influences of unbalanced breathing patterns on emotional health (including the link with anxiety and panic attacks), based on current clinical and research evidence 
  • Heightened levels of circulating histamine associated with respiratory alkalosis – potentially increasing the severity of allergic responses
  • The effect of BPD/alkalosis on tissue oxygenation due to the Bohr effect’
  • The relationship between fatigue (chronic or intermittent) and BPD
  • Safe rehabilitation methods for BPD will be discussed in detail.

Leon Chaitow ND, DO

Leon Chaitow ND, DO graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was the first naturopath/osteopath appointed as a consultant by UK government to a medical practice. He has been a visiting lecturer at numerous chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic, naturopathic and massage schools in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. He is author/editor of over 70 books and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of peer-reviewed and now Medline indexed: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Elsevier). He retired from his position as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster in 2004, after 11 years as a module leader in Therapeutic Bodywork and Naturopathy.

Leon was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Westminster in November 2005, in recognition of “Services to Complementary and Osteopathic Medicine”. He now lives and works in London and Corfu, Greece, with his adored wife of 42 years, Alkmini.


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