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It’s Asthma Awareness Day – Breathe Easily with a Capnograph appointment

What is asthma ?

A respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
This has become more and more common and also is effecting a younger population.

What causes asthma?

Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mould spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste.

Air hunger can be one of the most disturbing feeling a patient can undergo.

The Good Health Centre now offers patients the opportunity to have a capnograph test to assess their breathing pattern, rate and other components related to the respiratory system with our osteopath, Josh McCollum.

What can a capnograph help?

Josh will spend an hour with you assessing how you breathe, efficient breathing is something which is essential for our everyday living and wellbeing. Most of us take our breathing for granted and breathe too quickly which can lead to:

  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Asthma attacks
  • Hyperventilation
  • Musculoskeletal Symptoms

The capnograph assessment will also include an osteopathic assessment to analyse your musculoskeletal functions such as your rib cage, thorax and diaphragm; from this your osteopathic treatment plan can be orientated to teach you how to optimise your breathing patterns. Controlling and maintaining breathing has a direct effect on your nervous system and may help you to synchronize your autonomic nervous system resulting in improving the efficiency of your organs which in turn can help you manage various stress factors more easily promoting a sense of wellbeing.

Who would benefit from a capnograph?

Patients with a variety of breathing disorders in addition to asthma
Patients with chronic pain
Patients in a stressful situation
Patients who get out of breath easily
Patients with persistent upper back, neck and shoulder pain
Patients who want to use breathing to improve quality of life

Patients suffering from upper spine, neck and shoulder pain
Those with high stress levels
Patients suffering from chronic conditions such as chronic low or mid back issues

Book in for a capnograph consultation