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Eye-Relaxing Breathing Technique

September 25th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Breathing
by William H. Bates, M.D.

MANY patients with imperfect sight are benefited by breathing. One of the best methods is to separate the teeth while keeping the lips closed, breathe deeply as though one were yawning. When done properly one can feel the air cold as it passes through the nose and down the throat. This method of breathing secures a great amount of relaxation of the nose, throat, the body generally including the eyes and ears.

A man aged sixty-five, had imperfect sight for distance and was unable to read fine print without the aid of strong glasses. After practicing deep breathing in the manner described he became able at once to, read diamond type quite perfectly, as close as six inches from the eyes. The benefit was temporary but by repetition the improvement became more permanent.

At one time I experimented with a number of patients, first having them hold their breath and test their vision, which was usually lower when they did not breathe. They became able to demonstrate that holding their breath was a strain and caused imperfect sight, double vision, dizziness and fatigue, while the deep breathing at once gave them relief.

There is a wrong way of breathing in which when the air is drawn into the lungs the nostrils contract. This is quite conspicuous among many cases of tuberculosis.

Some teachers of physical culture in their classes while encouraging deep breathing close their nostrils when drawing in a long breath. This is wrong because it produces a strain and imperfect sight. By consciously doing the wrong thing, breathing with a strain one becomes better able to practice the right way and obtain relaxation and better sight.

The habit of practicing frequently deep breathing one obtains a more permanent relaxation of the eyes with more constant good vision.

The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force On Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders

May 14th, 2009 No comments

The results of the six-year study of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders has recently been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Spine.

Below you will see captions from the study findings document.

The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders is composed of a group of international researchers and scientist-clinicians who have spent the past seven years undertaking a comprehensive and structured review of the current research on neck pain.  The Scientific Secretariat of the Task Force is composed of 13 members and has been supported by an international Advisory Committee of 17 members.  The Task Force and Advisory Committee members represent 14 disciplines ranging from neurology and rheumatology to epidemiology, chiropractic and physical therapy from across nine countries.

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Studies On The Effects Of Respiration & Breathing

January 4th, 2009 No comments

Thanks to Wholeness Forums member tscherz’s contribution found here I now have found 13 additional studies, in addition to the three studies I blogged about earlier, on the effects of breathing. Here they are:

1. Duranti, R., Sanna, I. Romagnoli, M. Nerini, F. Gigliotti, N. Ambrosino, G. Scano. “Walking modality affects respiratory muscle action and contribution to respiratory effort.” Pflugers Arch. 2004 May; 448 (2): 222-30.

2. Grimstone, S.K., P.W. Hodges, “Impaired postural compensation for respiration in people with recurrent low back pain.” Exp Brain Res. 2003 Jul; 151 (2): 218-24. Epub 2003 May 21.

3. Hamaoui, A., M. Do, L. Poupard, S. Bouisset. “Does respiration perturb body balance more in chronic low back pain subjects than in healthy subjects?” Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2002 Aug; 17 (7): 548-50.

4. Kondo, T., I. Kobayashi, Y. Taguchi, Y. Ohta, N. Yanagimachi, “A dynamic analysis of chest wall motions with MRI in healthy young subjects.” Respirology. 2000 Mar; 5 (1): 19-25.

5. Kondo, T., I. Kobayashi, Y. Taguchi, N. Hayama, S. Tajiri, N. Yanagimachi, “An analysis of the chest wall motions usinsg the dynamic MRI in healthy elder subjects.” Tokai J Exp Clin Med. 2005 Apr; 30 (1): 15-20.

6. Mehling, W.E. , K.A. Hamel, M. Acree, N. Byl, F.M. Hecht. “Randomized, controlled trial of breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain.” Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Jul-Aug; 11 (4): 44-52.

7. Mitchell, G.S., S.M. Johnson. “Neuroplasticity in respiratory motor control.” J Apply Phisiol. 2003 Jan, 94 (1) : 358-74.

8. Romagnoli, I., B. Lanini, R. Bianchi, N. Soldani, M. Nerini, R. Duranti, G. Scano. “Chest wall kinematics and respiratory muscle coordinated action during hypercapnia in healthy males,” Eur J Appl Physiol. 2004 May, 91 (5-6): 525-33. Epub 2004 Jan 21.

9. Sanna, A., F. Bertoli, G. Misuri, F. Gigliotti, I. Iandelli, M. Mancini, R. Duranti, N. Amborsino, G. Scano. “Chest wall kinematics and respiratory muscle action in walking healthy humans.” J Appl Physiol. 1999 Sep; 87 (3): 938-46.

10. Smith, M,, M.W. Coppieters, P.W. Hodges, “Effect of experimentally induced low back pain on postural sway with breathing.” Exp Brain Res. 2005 Sep, 166 (1): 109-17. 2005 Jul 20.

11. Van Dixhorn, J. “Functional breathing is ‘Whole body Breathing’.” Biological Psychology, 1997; 46: 89-90.

12. Van Dixhorn, J. “Body awareness and Self-Regulation”, in: Y. Haruki, K.T. Kaku, eds. Meditation as healthy promotion: a lifestyle modification approach. 2000; 65-80, Eburon Publishers, Delft, The Netherlands.

13. Wittenboer G. et. al. “Respiratory variability and psychological well-being in schoolchildren.” Behavior Modification, 2003, 653-670.

Forced Unilateral Nostril Breathing – Affects Both Brain Hemisphericity and Autonomic Activity

October 11th, 2008 No comments

This study concerns the effects of forced unilateral nostril breathing on brain hemisphere stimulation and autonomic activity


Changes in intraocular pressure induced by differential forced unilateral nostril breathing, a technique that affects both brain hemisphericity and autonomic activity

Joshua Backon, Nelson Matamoros and Uriel Ticho
Journal Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

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Selective Hemispheric Stimulation by Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing

October 9th, 2008 No comments

This study concerns the effects of forced nostril breathing on selective hemispheric stimulation.


Selective Hemispheric Stimulation by Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing
By Werntz DA, Bickford RG, Shannahoff-Khalsa D.

Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla 92093.
Published in Human Neurobiology (1987) 6(3):165-171


This paper shows that forced nostril breathing in one nostril produces a relative increase in the EEG amplitude in the contralateral hemisphere. This phenomena was demonstrated in 5 out of 5 untrained subjects. These results suggest the possibility of a non-invasive approach in the treatment of states of psychopathology where lateralized cerebral dysfunction have been shown to occur.

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Effect of Short-Term Practice of Breathing Exercises on Autonomic Functions in Normal Human Volunteers

October 8th, 2008 No comments

This research concerns slow breathing exercises and their effects on the autonomic function and the sympathetic or parasympathetic activity.


Effect of Short-Term Practice of Breathing Exercises on Autonomic Functions in Normal Human Volunteers

By Pal G.K, Velkumary S, Madanmohan – Published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, Aug 2004


Practice of breathing exercises like pranayama is known to improve autonomic function by changing sympathetic or parasympathetic activity. Therefore, in the present study the effect of breathing exercises on autonomic functions was performed in young volunteers in the age group of 17-19 yr.

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