Myofunctional Therapy and Viruses
Our bodies are designed to fend off viruses and nasal breathing helps defend against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our nose filters, warms, and adds moisture to the air we inhale. Its natural filtration system works with nitric oxide to kills bad bacteria and fight infection to keep you healthier, even during cold and flu season. We each already have a built-in air filter that helps turn the air we breathe into the nitric oxide to help defend against airborne viruses. Dr. Patrick McKeown, of the Butekyo Breathing Method, shared multiple studies that nitric oxide (NO) has an antiviral effect. He referenced the studies below. Nitric oxide is an antiviral and antibacterial agent which make nasal breathing the gateway to your immune system.
What if breathing through the nose isn’t as easy as it sounds? What if you are always congested or it feels hard to get good oxygen in through your nose? Or can’t help, but to breathe through your mouth? Your lips don’t stay together easily. Your tongue pushes against your teeth when you swallow and causes air to get into your system through your mouth. If any of these things ring true to you, myofunctional therapy can help. Myofunctional therapy is a treatment modality based on a series of exercises that help patients achieve optimal function for their body. This improves tongue placement, nasal breathing, speaking, chewing and swallowing, which can have a huge impact on their overall health and well-being. Myofunctional therapy also helps with snoring or sleep-breathing related concerns such as sleep apnea.
If you are looking to improve your nasal breathing and help your body fight off viruses and bacteria, please contact me. I offer free assessments as well as affordable therapy pricing to help you and your family.
Patrick McKeown’s noted studies: Åkerström et al., 2005, (Lundberg and Weitzberg, 1999).
You can read more about the incredible health benefits of nasal breathing at https://buteykoclinic.com/