Reverting ADD / ADHD

With a Buteyko Breathing Course

What is ADD / ADHD?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity.

Studies show that children and adults with ADHD tend to have abnormal functioning of certain brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. There also tends to be abnormal functioning in the nerve pathways that regulate behavior. In addition, children with ADHD may have certain parts of the brain that are smaller or less active than they are in children who don't have ADHD. People with ADHD also often show low levels of dopamine activity (dopamine is an important chemical that carries signals between nerves in the brain).

Cause of ADD / ADHD

Considering Buteyko theory, a persons' breathing habit strongly affects his powers of concentration in the following way:

  1. Overbreathing leads to less oxygen supplied to the brain (how).
  2. A decrease in oxygen supply leads to increased excitability of brain cells and the nervous system.
  3. Increased excitability of brain cells translates to decreased focus and an increase in hyperactivity and attention problems.

When you breathe too much, carbondioxide levels go down, blood vessels become narrow and less oxygen is released by the blood, leading to a decrease in oxygen supply to the brain. When brain cells (neurons) receive less oxygen they start behaving erratically, destabilizing the mind. The mind then grows more hyperactive and impulsive in its thinking and has problems focusing on one activity for a longer time.

 Scientific research:

“The brain, by regulating breathing, controls its own excitability” - Balestrino & Somjen (1988)
“Hyperventilation leads to spontaneous and asynchronous firing of cortical neurons” - Huttunen et. Al (1999)

Revert ADD / ADHD with a Buteyko Breathing course

For children, Buteyko Breathing can bring excellent improvement with ADD / ADHD symptoms, improving their composure and natural ability to focus quite dramatically in the period of a month. If children have been taking medications, the process will be slower and more compicated. For adults, progress is generally a bit slower than with children but still good progress can be made within 1 month.

Before reaching good and stable results, there will be signs of initial progress and ups and downs in symptoms. Final results are dependent on:

  • Severity of symptoms
  • Students' compliance to instructions and guidance
  • Students' level of practice (basic, intermediate or advanced)
  • Frequency of sessions for additional guidance
  • Other factors (for example: age, general state of health, other diseases, medications and activities.)

Doing our Buteyko Breathing course, students can experience initial signs of improvement in the first few weeks and get stable and optimal results after 1 month of practicing under our guidance.

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