I am currently working for the past few weeks with a very caring and intelligent young man whose Asthma has been deteriorating over the past year.

I have spent a lot of time with him and his family to try and identify the reasons for the deterioration and to try and address this and improve his health.

The condition seems to have coincided with his move from primary education into secondary (11-16) education.

I have identified a cocktail of things that combine together to create a perfect environment for Asthma to increase.

* His poor breathing and reduced lung function have made physical exercise more difficult and in particular cross country running is problematic for him. He has experienced severe criticism from his PE teacher and teasing and and ridicule from fellow classmates.

* Sleeping is also proving very challenging with poor sleep and regular medication doses. This is resulting in major fatigue in the morning and concentration levels are being impacted. This again is causing performance issues at school.

* Over the past few months there has been some additional weight gain due to comfort eating of unhealthy and calorie loaded foods and also eating his food far too quickly.

* Due to being a mouth breather he is very prone to catching coughs,colds, sore throat,blocked nose or any allergic reaction or environmental pollutants.

* His personal self esteem and confidence has taken a major nose dive and he has withdrawn from many activities,groups,friends as his condition has worsened.

* His stress levels and anxiety related issues have risen along with a increase in frustration and anger related outbursts.

All the above circumstances have created the perfect environment for poor health . The stress and anxiety has caused him to over breathe and hyperventilate – the main cause of Asthma.

What actions have been taken?

I am delighted to say that over the past few weeks i have seen some major improvements in his condition. He is actively retraining his breathing through his nose and using his diaphragm rather than his shoulders for breathing.

Sleeping patterns are better and a reduction in medication has been achieved resulting in less fatigue and improved concentration.

We still however have a long way to go but pleasingly I am beginning to see a twinkle of joy in his eyes and a optimism returning to his soul.

We are breaking the “Stress,Anxiety,Hyperventilation Medication” cycle which is his long term answer to improving his health and increased joy of life and confidence.

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