These instructions are not a
substitute for conventional medical treatment, but are intended as additional options for
treatment and assistance.
During the lessons, the
breathing function improves, the frequency of attacks decrease and become less intensive,
the ability to fall asleep, as well as the quality and depth of sleep, change without
recognition. At the same time, there is a marked improvement in the capacity for movement.
Children begin playing and running around without fearing further attacks and problems,
and so their self-confidence and self-esteem rise.
As a result of an attack, or a
pattern of frequent attacks, the muscles become constantly clenched and they function
inefficiently - the capacity to move and breathe is impaired.
Generally, following breathing
difficulties, the muscles used in breathing are forced to work beyond their capacity, and
become rigid and fixed. In asthmatic children we can see a rigid chest, shoulders that are
raised and pull backwards, clenched stomach muscles and a diaphragm which functions
With the narrowing of the
breathing passages, the skeletal muscles are forced to work beyond their capability to
ensure that enough air enters for reasonable function.
With time, these muscles shorten
and thicken, and significant muscular rigidity and tension occurs. There is a change in
the natural organisation of all components of the skeleton that play a role in breathing:
they function in a 'distress' format. These changes affect posture and balance;, they can
also influence movement function in walking and running.
To sum up, during an asthmatic
attack, the mechanical organisation of the chest and the entire skeleton changes and is
The lesson restores maximally
efficient mechanical organisation, corrects movement-related problems, and all the muscles
which retain and move the skeleton now start to relax. In this situation, the muscles can
once again assist in breathing function, the muscular tension and tonus of the bronchia
decreases, and the air-passages expand remarkably.
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