Breathing Pattern Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain

This presentation will describe and explain the presenting features and symptoms (mainly pain, fatigue and anxiety) of unbalanced respiration (breathing pattern disorder/BPD), as well as rehabilitation strategies. Research shows that this widespread habit (mainly affecting females) negatively affects disturbed autonomic balance, musculoskeletal and circulatory function, reducing pain thresholds, encouraging trigger point development, disturbing motor control and core stability, as well as balance. Safe rehabilitation methods will be described and discussed. Every massage therapist should be able to recognise and advise on this widespread problem which requires a combination of breathing reeducation and manual treatment to achieve rehabilitation.


Leon Chaitow
A practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Dr. Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the "Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies." He regularly lectures in the United States as well as Europe where he has instructed physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors as well as massage therapists. He is a senior lecturer by London's University of Westminster on under and postgraduate courses in therapeutic bodywork and naturopathy. In 1993, he became the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed as consultant to a UK government-funded conventional medical practice. He helped organize the First International Fascia Research Congress in 2007 at the Harvard Medical School. He lives and practices in both the UK and Greece. A prolific author, Dr. Chaitow has written over 60 books on natural health and alternative medicine.

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