2-5 pm Sat 14th October 2023
‘Nasal breathing gives you better airway function, which improves:
your body’s functioning,
your exercise and
your sports performance’
The Functional Nasal Breathing Rehabilitation program has been developed and is facilitated by Dr. Rosalba Courtney, PHD.
Your nose is for more than just smelling
Our sense of smell is one of our most important senses, but our nose has many other benefits:
- it warms, humidifies and cleans the air we breathe
- it improves oxygen uptake in the lungs
- it helps guide proper growth of the jaws and teeth
- it helps our immune system
- it can improve how well we sleep too
Nasal breathing is better for your lungs, your body’s functioning your sleep, your exercise and sports performance.
Nasal breathing helps the nose perform all the various functions that helps us keep healthy.
The problem with ‘Nasal Disuse’
‘Nasal Disuse’ does not just mean you breathe through your mouth. There are negative effects that can occur from mouth breathing.
Some of these include:
- weakness of nasal muscles that open the nose during breathing
- changes in the ways the brain processes sensory information from the nose
- changes in posture, oral muscle function and structural development
Mouth breathing may occur because of structural issues or disease. These need to be dealt with appropriately. However there are also functional issues that perpetuate mouth breathing.
These functional issues can cause people to feel like they can’t get enough air through their nose even when there’s sufficient nasal airflow.
Functional Nasal Breathing Rehabilitation
The Functional Nasal Breathing Rehabilitation (FNBR) program promotes healthy nasal breathing and addresses functional issues that may have developed from “nasal disuse”.
This program can be used in conjunction with dental, medical and surgical treatment and might help to improve outcomes.
The exercises in this program aim to:
- train the sensory functions of the nose
- provide mechanical stimulation to the nose
- improve whole body breathing patterns
- promote better posture and muscle function
- reduce nasal discomfort and hypersensitivity