Author(s): Jim Bartley with Tania Clifton-Smith
Breathing Matters is a revolutionary book from one of New Zealand's top Ear, Nose & Throat surgeons. He believes that good breathing patterns can dramatically improve the lives of people with major diseases such as heart disease, asthma and depression. Breathing well helps us relax, normalises body biochemistry, reduces muscle pain and allows the re-establishment of normal posture and movement. Part I 'The Pieces' discusses the role of smell and the "nose brain" in our everyday lives. The physiology and anatomy of the respiratory tract are discussed along with the way that muscles interact to allow you to breathe. These chapters provide a physiological, scientific basis to the book. Part II 'Putting it all together' discusses basic breathing techniques, posture, self-massage and muscle stretching techniques. These are the self-help techniques that you can adopt to help yourself. Part III 'The Pictures' discusses common disease conditions that can be improved by attention to breathing techniques. These include asthma, heart disease, migraine, tension headache, jaw-joint pain, anxiety and depression. First published March 2006.
Dr Jim Bartley is an eminent Auckland ear, nose and throat specialist. He has been a major force in developing and promoting endoscopic surgical techniques in the management of sinus disease. He also works at the Auckland Regional Pain Service and teaches at Auckland Medical School. For more information see www.breathingmatters.com Tania Clifton-Smith is a physiotherapists who co-runs BREATHING WORKS, the first breathing pattern disorders clinic in Australasia. Tania is also the author of BREATHE TO SUCCEED and co-author of BREATHING WORKS FOR ASTHMA and BREATHE, STRETCH and MOVE. For more information see www.breathingworks.co.nz