Why Breathing Matters 

Woman on cliffs breathing - at the top of the Why Breathing Matters page

Why is Breathing Important?

We know breathing is essential to life. Did you know that how you breathe can influence either good or bad health? It can! How we breathe as a child will influence facial growth, airway growth, facial appearance, dental development and more! Getting help with your breathing as at any age can help with things Such as:

  • Sleep apnea and its related illnesses like high blood pressure, respiratory illnesses, heart disease, alzheimer disease and more

  • Faster recovery from illness and less likely to get sick

  • Relaxation - decreased stress hormones

  • Snoring

  • Promote a healthy mouth- less cavities and periodontal problems

  • Stimulates facial, airway, and palatal growth

  • Improved memory and attention

  • Quieter breathing and eating

  • Decreased bed wetting or frequent urination

  • Better sleep quality and feeling well rested

  • Improved nitric oxide utilization which can help prevent muscle cramping during physical activity, improved stamina, and lowers blood pressure

Look at the research || How can Myofunctional Therapy improve your breathing?

“The patient reported during treatment that he felt a significant improvement in sleep quality, waking at most three times a night and having noticed to be more rested during the day.” || Study on MFT and Upper Airway resistance.

“Breathing through the mouth is a typical characteristic of chronic over breathing, the precursor often being a blocked nose. Habitual mouth breath- ing disturbs blood gases resulting in increased nasal congestion thus completing the vicious circle.” || Article on mouth breathing and MFT

“Our results suggest that in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, myofunctional therapy may be considered as an adjuvant treatment and an intervention strategy to support adherence to continuous positive airway pressure.” || Study on how sleep apnea improved with MFT

“Long before they grew into adults with snoring and sleep apnea, they were the children who suffered from chronic nasal allergies or sinusitis, or whose tonsils and adenoids were chronically enlarged during the years when their teeth and faces were developing.” || Article on MFT and children’s airway

“Since sleep disorder breathing has serious consequences for long-term health and quality of life, early diagnosis of SDB is essen- tial. Healthcare professionals can play an important role in the early diagnosis of sleep disorder breathing.” || Study on the influence of snoring/mouth breathing to facial morphology

Info graph of nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing