Respiratory System: What’s Standing In The Way Of Your flow?

, Friday, 24 May 2013

We take breathing for granted but did you know that we take up to 20,000 breaths a day? None of this would be possible without the respiratory system and a fully functioning one at that. There are two openings or passageways for the air to filter; the nose and mouth mean you breathe in and out. The respiratory system connects the pathways together along with the throat and lungs in order to maximize your breathing capacity and fill your body with clean air.

The Respiratory System: The Pathway To Fresh Air

The Respiratory System is designed to keep you alive and live a life without restrictions. Doesn’t finding it hard to breath seems a little scary? The panic you feel is a trigger that reminds you that you can’t live without it. So how can you help this system to work, how can you avoid that feeling of helplessness when for a moment your life flashes before you?

This life-saving system is made up of organs and tubes that work to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. The diaphragm pulls air inside in through the nose and mouth which then makes its way to the lungs through various tubes. You might think that the diaphragm is something only used when you’re singing? You would be right but its primary function is to welcome the air that your body needs to sing in harmony.

Environment and personal choices reflect a healthy respiratory system and the opposite. The air around us seems out of our control but the awareness about our environment has grown as we are educated more and more of the implications of abusing it. Car emissions have been cut, products made that are Paraben free have entered the market and hard-hitting advertisements on anti-smoking have caused a stir with their scare tactics. We only put in what we breathe out, a circle of life that comes back to you and every living organism on this planet.

Respiratory disorders: organs and tissues conditions


Asthma is a condition that can be easily managed. The air doesn’t flow through the airways as it should causing the muscles around the tube walls to tighten; causing an Asthma attack. The cause of Asthma is not clear and many factors are believed to contribute to this illness such as environment and family history. The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.


Sinusitis is generally caused by viral infections and allergies. You will find your sinuses in your cheekbones, nose and between the bridge of your eyes too! Anyone who has suffered from sinusitis knows how painful and debilitating it can be. Infections can be caused by a cold and the build-up of mucus but again, the environment had a big part to play. There are things in the air that you may not be able to see but your sinuses can definitely feel them; dust mites, air pollution, and household sprays have to be considered when determining the root cause.

Cystic fibrosis

Difficulty in breathing is the main symptom of this disorder. Cystic Fibrosis is usually diagnosed during infancy with poor growth, weight and height gain. This is not an illness that can be managed easily as it is a chronic condition that affects nutrition and worsens with respiratory infections. Strengthening the lungs is by far the best way of living with and dealing with this illness with a daily exercise regime that can limit its debilitating effects. Medical intervention is inevitable and necessary but much can be done in the way of self-awareness and well-being to counteract the symptoms.

Common cold

The one thing we all want to avoid each winter but somehow can’t seem to escape its clutches!  Adults can have between two to four colds a year and children more simply because their immune system has not yet developed.  A cold is a mild viral infection that is passed through the air around us…this is why you should put your hand over your mouth and nose when you sneeze.  A cold will usually last for two weeks and your surroundings will have much to do with why you have caught one.  Traveling on public transport, being around children and touching a door handle that has already been touched by someone with this bug are all ways of getting the dreaded lurgies!

Symptoms of respiratory disorder

  • Is coughing becoming a habit? If it is frequent without even the hint of a cold get checked out.
  • Short of breath when you exercise? Be honest, how many do you smoke?
  • Are you getting enough fresh air? Back pain? You work in the city, when was the last time you walked in a forest or on a beach?
  • Do you think about how you breathe? Maybe it’s time you started. Breathing exercises are no effort.

Respiratory disorder how to take action

If your breathing appears to be labored, don’t ignore it. Why would you want to take for granted the one thing that keeps you alive and kicking? Admittedly there are some things are out of your immediate control but if you gently push them in another direction their effects can change dramatically meaning your life changes too. Look into every possibility and there are many, not only conventional ones but healing too. Your life’s blood is the air you breathe and as with all vital components within the body, Massaggi believes everything needs to flow. To ignore is to put up a wall that will be hard to break down…you may crumble.

Air is the primary source of life source?

Breathe life into those lungs and make things happen! Look at your surroundings as if for the first time and make changes to your environment that will be a positive change for you. Exercise, protect yourself from harmful emissions and be aware of how you breathe. Is it labored, are you short of breathe when doing the most inactive jobs? Ask yourself the questions you need to hear, only you and you and your breath can do that…filter the information filter the air you breathe.

Okay, deep breath…Do you know that relaxation massage treatments and breathing exercise is an effective way to calm body & mind?

Regular relaxation massage is an essential part of physical and mental well being, yet stress often prevents us from entering a naturally relaxed state. One of the most effective ways of counteracting this is by means of breathing exercise designed to ease tension and promote calmness. Many ancient traditions such as yoga and meditation make use of special breathing techniques to alter mental states, and Western medicine, too, is increasingly coming to recognise the way in which different breathing patterns are connected with general health. For example, anxious people are known to breathe more rapidly than others, using only the upper part of the chest, and talking with the lungs full of air, while depressed people sigh more and tend to talk more after exhalation.

Breathing is a unique way of directly influencing the unconscious process of the body, since of all the functions directed by the autonomic – or involuntary – a nervous system it is the easiest to control by will. Some yogis and experienced meditators are said to be able voluntarily to low their heart rate and blood pressure, but few of us realise we have such control over our own bodies. Everyone, however, can alter their breathing patterns and through them, another part of the nervous system, giving them control over their general level of bodily relaxation or tension.

The fundamental purpose of breathing is to provide the lungs with a constant supply of air from which essential oxygen can be absorbed into the blood and circulated to all body tissue. Breathing out empties the lungs for the next breath and additionally allows the body to expel waste gases such as carbon dioxide. The respiratory rate changes naturally at a different time of the day and in different situations, such as walking, sitting, or running for a bus, to accommodate changing for oxygen intake and carbon dioxide expulsion. These correspond to a different level of relaxation and tension and are reflected in two basic types of breathing that can occur: chest breathing and diaphragmatic (or abdominal) breathing.

Ben has been a practical pain management trainer and a celebrated massage therapist. He believes human well-being is deeply connected to the health of mind and body both, including deep tissues. He holds numerous certifications for best of breeds massage techniques helping him on a mission for healthy London and then rest of the world. He has been an active contributor in massage technique research and on Massaggi blog.