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Behavioral Breathing

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Behavioral Breathing Analysis

At WiseBody Physical Therapy we understand that breathing and its potential impact on our lives - both positive and negative - are enormous. When respiration is compromised by breathing habits it may contribute to or cause a wide variety of emotional, cognitive, behavioral or physical changes such as anxiety, anger, poor focus, learning difficulties, pain, asthma, etc. This can have a serious impact on both health and performance.


When we are in chronic pain (pain that lasts longer than 4 weeks), we may have an adaptive breathing pattern that becomes connected with that pain. After pain is resolved and eliminated, if the breathing habit isn’t resolved, one may have a relapse in pain simply because the poor breathing habit wasn’t resolved. The poor breathing habit is linked to the brain outputting pain so it is imperative that we resolve any breathing issues before discharge from PT. 


Patricia Ladis is a Certified Behavioral Breathing Analyst and member of the Breathing Science Network, helping people with chronic pain or breathing dysfunctions, including pregnant and postpartum women, reach an optimal chemical axis for a balanced internal and physical state. In an assessment session she works with patients using educational capnography instrumentation to evaluate breathing behavior and collect relevant data to recommend the steps necessary to help find and overcome dysfunctional breathing habits. This includes improving the breathing mechanics and respiratory chemistry. Capnography has helped many patients with chronic pain finally resolve their pain, pregnant and postpartum women feel less nausea/fatigue/anxiety and aided athletes in elevating their performance and endurance.

Book your appointment for a remote session for capnography below at or call us for an in-person appointment at 212-686-3101.

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