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on 17 October 2017
Great book can thoroughly recommend it
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on 8 April 2010
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders
by Leon Chaitow, Dinah Bradley and Chris Gilbert
Churchill Livingstone Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-0443070532

In the same way that the aphorism `You are what you eat' may indeed be true, it may well be that, `You think how you breathe' is equally so.

We take breathing for granted as it is such an integral part of our life. From the start of life till its end we eat, sleep and breathe, but the later activity accompany's all other activities. Breathing reflects what the body does, it also tempers it as anyone who practices breathing techniques in hatha yoga or meditation will acknowledge. The mind is greatly influenced by the mechanism of breathing, to the extent that even subtle changes in blood gasses will have profound effects on conscious or cognitive function. It may also equally be the case that breathing can influence subconscious processes, though work in this area is at an early developmental stage.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and its neuropsychological evaluation only make sense when you get the perspective of the patients breathing into context. The same can be said for so many other conditions when the nervous system is influencing the body unduly, reflecting self-regulation and repair. You could argue that every condition when pain is an over-riding feature will be influenced by, as well as influence the breathe cycle.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders is aimed at clinicians and those wishing to incorporate the highly useful techniques which become tools to assist in treating a spectrum of healthcare issues. The obvious complaints that spring to mind include asthma and chronic respiratory illnesses, sinus and chronic URT infections, anxiety and psychomotor dysfunctions, and chronic pain conditions. The text covers in depth:

The anatomy of the respiratory system and how it links to the other systems
Breathing dysfunction in hyperventilation syndrome and breathing pattern disorders
The bio-mechanical influences on breathing
Interaction of psychological and emotional effects with breathing dysfunction
Osteopathic assessment and treatment of thoracic and respiratory dysfunction
Physiotherapy breathing rehabilitation strategies
Self-regulation of breathing

For physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others working with individuals whose breathing is part of the adaptive or compensatory mechanism, you will find this book invaluable and a source of innovation to your practice. I found the book reads well with lucid description of subject matter, and with a comprehensive bibliography and reference section.

The editors are all well known in their respective fields and provide all the information needed to put the physiology into context and use it in a clinical setting immediately. It would be useful for a future edition to cover medication or iatrogenic factors which influence the breathing pattern, including strategies for patients who wish to reduce their dependence on antidepressants and other widely prescribed drugs.

Donald Scott ND DO
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