Using a pneumograph to treat asthma
can help asthmatics. How? well when someone has an asthma attack their muscles that are around the airwaves are contracted as well as inflamed.
If your muscles are relaxed, then air flows more easily into your lungs. Thehorrible asthma symptoms would be eased.
Asthmatic's usually have irregular breathing patterns. Barrel breathing is one of those patterns. Barrel breathing is what happens when an asthmatic takes a deep breath but then does not breathe out fully.
Instead of this, they take a number of shallow breaths without completely emptying their lungs. Because of this, the lungs cannot be filled with fresh air. This is because they are never fully empty when breathing out.
It is possible for asthmatics to learn to notice their changed heart rates which occur while barrel breathing by using a Pneumograph feedback.
By using this method, it is possible for asthmatics to alter their breathing, reduce the heart rate and improve their oxygen intake.
A neuroscientist called Dr. Neal Miller at Yale was first to say that it was possible to apply conscious control over your automatic body functions.
At the time the medical and scientific community laughed at this statement and head the belief such things not possible. (Sounds familiar...see the Lorenzo Odone story) [Top]
There are studies that have been done which conclude that pneumograph feedback reduces asthmatic symptoms as well as bring down lung inflammation and resistance.
A study led by Dr. Paul M. Lehrer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School divided ninety four asthmatics into four groups.
During the ten weeks, one of the groups were taught methods for improving breathing and regulating the heart rate. Another group was taught biofeedback.
The third group used a placebo technique, which seemed to employ biofeedback but it did not. The final group was not asked to anything.
These volunteers did training at weekly sessions. They were told to practice at their home for twenty minutes, two times a day. Additionally they were also told to keep a record of their asthma symptoms as well as measure their airflow.
The researchers recorded their inhaler use while they were doing this.
All the three groups that had received training said that their symptoms improved.
Only the groups, which were taught real biofeedback techniques, found any improvements in their lung function as well as decreased use of medication.
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