There are various breathing techniques to for EDS to improve POTS and chronic fatigue. Do you get winded just walking to get the mail or walking to the kitchen? We often wonder why exercise or day-to-day activities are so challenging. So the real questions is, have you considered whether or not you are breathing the right way? Most people tend to breathe using the wrong group of muscles. These muscles do not allow for appropriate circulation of oxygen throughout the body resulting in fatigue, pain, and headaches.
Luckily, there is a way to improve these symptoms simply by improving the way you breathe. So with correct breathing patterns, we can directly regulate of our hormones and our stress responses. And not to mention, we can indirectly affect the way our body digests food affecting the bacteria in the gut.
Outlined below, you will find various breathing techniques that improve functional endurance:
- Beginner: Lying on your back with deep belly breath focus
- Intermediate: Lying on your back with arm and leg movements
- Advanced: Sidelying breathing with arm movements
In the video above, I demonstrate simple breathing techniques that will help you improve symptoms related to POTS and/or chronic fatigue.
Benefits of Breathing for EDS to improve POTS and Chronic Fatigue
Naturally, we are supposed be breathing through our diaphragm. By doing so, we can maximize the oxygen that goes into the blood for muscles and tissues to work efficiently. Simple breathing exercises will begin to reduce the amount of stress and compensation throughout the body. The end result is improving overall endurance.
Diaphragm breathing has many benefits that include:
- Minimizing dizziness and other POTS related symptoms by lowering both heart rate and cortisol levels
- Decreases chronic fatigue by slowing the rate of breathing and using less energy to perform daily activities.
- Improves core stability reducing sacral and low back pain
- Reduce frequency and intensity of headaches
- Decrease TMJ and neck pain
Trying this beginner diaphragm breathing exercise will help get things moving in the right direction.