Clinical Massage for Chronic & Acute Conditions

Can Massage Affect Breathing Capacity?

According to the NHS respiratory disease affects one in five people in the UK. This is a huge number of people living with respiratory issues.

This is a topic close to my heart. My son who is now 9 is living with asthma and during the winter months it is a constant battle. When I signed up for the course, I never knew the power of this course and how many people it could help.

During the treatment we go into breath work and look for imbalances or areas to work on. This will make the treatment unique for you. During the breathing process you use involuntary muscles like the intercostals between the ribs and the diaphragm but if key areas on the back neck and shoulders are tight or injured this can again hinder the breath. By releasing these areas of tension this allows the lungs and rib cage to fully expand and maximise the body’s breathing capacity, therefore allowing more oxygen into the body.

A recent study by Caroline Miller on the effects of the Jing method (Advanced massage training school) of advanced clinical massage in adults with asthma, showed an increase in average asthma control by 6% PEF (Peak Exploratory Flow) in just 7 weeks. Adults came for three 60 minute treatments fortnightly and were given selfcare to do at home between treatments.

From my personal experience with my son I have found that these treatments decrease the intensity and the duration of his attacks.