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Breathe the best version of you.

We are experts in recognising breathing pattern abnormalities.

 

We provide detailed breathing assessments for those struggling to control their breathing.

 

Let us help you breathe optimally so you can improve your physical and mental health, your performance and your ability to enjoy life.

The average person takes over 580 million breaths during their lifetime.

make. each. breath. count.

Are you...

Over-worked, stressed, burnt out - we all know the feeling. This can result in a constant state of fight or flight - negatively impacting our breathing and ability to respond to stress.

Our breathing is often the first thing to suffer when we are anxious, leading to an inefficient, upper chest pattern which can often spiral out of control.

Our diaphragm responds to training the same way as any other muscle in our body - it gets stronger and more resistant to fatigue. Combine this with an optimal pattern and it will accelerate performance.

Certain conditions such a long covid or asthma can lead to poor breathing patterns which can then further perpetuate breathlessness, inactivity, and breathing related anxiety.

Anxiety

Neck / upper chest aches and pains

Chest pain

Fatigue

Shortness of breath

Reduced Exercise Tolerance

Mouth breathing

Unable to take a satisfying breath

Signs of a Poor Breathing Pattern

Do you have a Breathing Pattern Disorder?

The benefits of good breathing are far reaching - improved sleep, mental resilience, exercise capacity, and reduced stress, but have you heard of a breathing pattern disorder (BPD)? This is a term used to describe changes to the normal rhythm and pattern of one's breathing, resulting in symptoms such as breathlessness, a tight chest, dizziness, or an inability to take a satisfying breath. BPD can occur in absolutely anyone, and anecdotal evidence and clinical experience links it with young, active, ambitious, or anxious individuals.

Anxiety levels amongst the general population is on the rise, with a whopping 8 million of us in the UK experiencing symptoms at any one time. It contributes significantly to work related absences and there is a strong link with over-breathing, which is one form of BPD.

The Breathing MOT is designed to detect breathing pattern abnormalities early, in order to give you the skills to prevent BPD, or to diagnose and treat it effectively.

Breathing is something we do everyday. We can't live without it, yet no one teaches us how to do it properly.

We Can Help You Breathe Better

3 Reasons

01

We are Breathing Experts

Respiratory physiotherapists are qualified  physiotherapists with extensive further training and experience treating those with breathing problems or lung disease. With decades of experience between us, we ensure we look at the whole body, with an expert eye on the breathing system, in order to safely prescribe and treat your symptoms. We understand how frustrating and controlling breathing symptoms can be, so we quickly get you on the right path of treatment, calling on our extensive network of medical professionals if required.

02

We Have A Specialist Understanding

Breathing is controlled by our brain and our breathing muscles. It is an automatic function, however it can be influenced heavily by our thoughts, emotions, infection, or illness. Most people are able to control variations in their breathing from these external factors without a thought, some are able to manage them through strategies such as those seen in breathwork, and others are not; and you are most likely reading this as you are in the latter group: struggling to gain control of your breathing in certain situations, or perhaps it has spilled over in to everyday life.

03

We Provide An Advanced Long-Term Solution

The way to fix this, is tailored breathing pattern re-training. There is no one size fits all approach. It involves carefully picking apart the drivers for your inefficient breathing pattern, and working together to rebuild your breathing foundation through a variety of specialist techniques; equipping you with the skills and confidence you need to rid your symptoms and breathe well in the long term.

 The Process 

Assessment in person in clinic

Thorough assessment with a specialist respiratory physiotherapist including:

  • Detailed history taking.

  • Respiratory assessment including blood oxygen levels (SpO2), respiratory rate, heart rate, peak flow and maximum inspiratory pressure.

  • Screen for red flags or serious respiratory pathology with appropriate onward referral.

  • Breathing pattern assessment at rest and on exertion.

  • Breathing mechanics assessment including: rib cage, thoracic spine and diaphragm range of movement; posture and core stability.

Results & Plan on the same day

After your assessment, we will discuss our findings with you and will signpost you to the most appropriate route of care. This may involve, but is not limited to:

  • Commencing breathing pattern re-education with our team of specialist respiratory physiotherapists.

  • Private referral to:

    • respiratory physician

    • cardiac physician

    • ENT physician

    • psychologist

    • speech and language therapy

    • musculoskeletal physiotherapy

  • Recommendation to seek GP appointment.

  • Results can be shared with any professional of your choice with your consent.

  • 6 monthly or annual Breathing MOT.

Pricing

Start breathing better once and for all

Your physical assessment includes a full breathing pattern and mechanics examination; establishing which parts of your breathing framework require help. We will discuss the results with you, and present you with a plan to help you achieve optimal breathing.

Why choose us?

We are a team of specialist respiratory physiotherapists who have worked at some of the top cardio-respiratory centres in the UK. We have extensive experience in the breathing and physiotherapy field, and are experts in analysing breathing mechanics.

Each therapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC), The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Physiotherapy for Breathing Pattern Disorders Specialist Interest Group, and are BradCliff qualified.

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What our patients are saying

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I really didn’t know what to expect when I was diagnosed with dysfunctional breathing patterns but I did what she said and within a few weeks I started to see a meaningful improvement. Very grateful for all of her help!

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Sessions have been enormously helpful, I would recommend to anyone struggling with breathing issues. My issue was diagnosed very quickly - I felt heard, reassured and supported straight away. The practical exercises given have literally got my life back on track!

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I couldn’t recommend these guys enough. Really made me feel comfortable and at ease and helped me significantly with my symptoms. I have learnt effective breathing techniques which I will use in the future.

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