What is involved?
Asthma Care is a six to eight hour breathing program presented over two to three weeks depending on where you attend. Asthma Care workshops consist of teaching the Buteyko breathing method, five 45 minute supervised breathing exercise sessions and discussion. As part of the Asthma Care program, attendees receive a training manual and avail of twelve month support by Email or telephone to ensure they become proficient in application of therapy. All persons attending are provided with the ability to improve control of their asthma and experience significantly reduced coughing and wheezing.
To experience benefits, it is important that breathing exercises are practiced for a minimum of four weeks and to adhere to small lifestyle changes which are conducive to promoting good health. This will result in a substantial alleviation of asthma symptoms and improved fitness level. Lifestyle changes and breathing exercises cause minimum disruption to normal day to day activities. Resultant improvement provides the necessary motivation for continuance.
About breathing exercises
Asthma in Ireland is on the increase. Over 470,000 people alone suffer from asthma. The Buteyko breathing method has been subject to sixteen clinical trials, all of which have reported positive results.
- Attendees are helped to change from mouth to nasal breathing as a permanent activity
- Attendees are helped address breathing pattern disorders which feed into their asthma
- Attendees are taught how to monitor and measure their progress
Does Asthma Care program help all children and adults with asthma?
Asthma Care program is a very effective therapy for all children and adults with asthma. The only drawback is that commitment to doing exercises is required for the first number of weeks. Buteyko Breathing Clinic Method as offered by Asthma Care has been scientifically evaluated in sixteen clinical trials, four of which are in collaboration with Patrick McKeown.
What is Asthma Care's refund guarantee?
Asthma Care’s guarantee is that if, one month after attending our clinic, you do not experience a substantial improvement in your condition, you may attend a follow-up workshop at no extra charge. If, after attending this follow-up workshop and practicing the breathing exercises for one month, you have not experienced a substantial improvement in your condition, you will receive a full refund on the cost of the program.
Are the results of this therapy permanent?
Persons continue to experience excellent results as long as they are observant of their breathing, breathe through the nose and practise to breathe light.
Are Exercises difficult?
Breathing exercises are tailored to each individual and according to the original Buteyko Method as developed by Dr Konstantin Buteyko. Breathing exercises are simple and easily understood. Special exercises are taught to young children.
What about my Doctor?
Inform your doctor of what you are doing so that they will be able to monitor your progress. Some doctors may be unaware of Asthma Care program and Buteyko Clinic, therefore I will be pleased to discuss, explain or send appropriate literature upon request. Asthma Care therapy will achieve greater awareness through my ongoing correspondence with respiratory consultants and GPs. It is hoped that as more doctors become aware of research and trial data they will join the growing numbers of doctors who endorse and recommend this drug-free method.
What about sports and fitness while learning Buteyko?
Patrick McKeown who instructs the Asthma Clinic in Dublin and Galway has extensively researched the area of sports performance. His book The Oxygen Advantage explores addressing dysfunctional breathing patterns and simulating high altitude training for athletes.
Is there any equipment or additional medicine involved?
Asthma Care clinics consist of breathing exercises and lifestyle guidelines only.
Can it be dangerous?
Buteyko exercises as taught by Asthma Care Ireland are completely safe. Attendees are instructed not to alter their asthma medication, and to visit their family doctor for an evaluation of their medication following a number of weeks practise of the exercises.
How long does it take to improve breathing?
Most people experience improvements to their breathing within the first few days of the workshop – eg. reduced symptoms, improved sleep, reduced mucus, improved digestion, better energy levels. More profound systemic improvements occur over time.
What are the conditions of Asthma Care?
Patients to Asthma Care must remain on their prescribed asthma medication. After a number of weeks application of the program, patients are encouraged to attend their family doctor to have their medication evaluated. Each attendee to Asthma Care sign an agreement stating that they will not change or alter their medication without prior consultation and recommendation by a medical doctor. Asthma Care is available to all persons over five years as exercises and guidelines are easy to follow and apply. All attendees under eighteen years must be accompanied free of charge by a parent or guardian.
What is the cost of Asthma Care program?
The cost of the program is Eur 275. This includes attendance to workshops, extensive training manual and twelve month follow up support by Email or telephone. For our children’s workshops, in the event that more than one child is attending from the same family, the cost for the first child is Eur200 and remaining children at the reduced rate of Eur100.
Where is Asthma Care program available?
Asthma Care program is available in Dublin, Cork, Galway. For further information regarding clinics, please Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Freephone Ireland: 1800 931 935 or Intl. + 353 91 756229