HOW PNEEMO HELPS
Mental and physical health without medication
We created pneemo® to empower people to take back control of their mind and body
Life has become an overwhelming concoction of stress, a never-ending cycle of work with insufficient rest due to the omnipresence of technology.
We rely too heavily on medication and lead demanding lifestyles, which has weakened our bodies and strengthened our stress levels, inviting the physical manifestations of our stress along with it. Every step we take into such a lifestyle, we take one step further from nature.
One step further from our true selves.
Fields of application
pneemo® reunites our bodies with our minds to help us reconnect with ourselves and regain control of our lives
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between slow-paced breathing and the healing of a multitude of mental and physical health conditions. pneemo® can help you overcome the below indications, and many more!
Labour and childbirth
For when fear takes over
Fear is a feeling associated with danger or pain. Our body responds to fear in different ways. One response is to freeze, which results in reduced blood pressure and a lower heart rate23.
Another response is ‘fight or flight’, which is characterised by hyperawareness, increased blood pressure and a higher heart rate23.
Both responses are regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious bodily functions.
Slow-paced breathing is thought to be beneficial for almost every fearful patient14. This is because such breathing techniques function to relax the body, which overpowers the tension associated with fear14. It’s very difficult to simultaneously tense and breathe from your abdomen, so a slower and more controlled breathing rhythm can help combat many situations of fear and anxiety14.
Breathing training is also an important tool for managing anxiety and panic disorders, both of which are closely linked to fear.
Such disorders are associated with respiratory abnormalities19, and there is much evidence to show that hyperventilation triggers the onset of a panic attack27. Panic attacks often occur as an uncontrolled response to fear. Breathing training has been proven to help regain control, by decreasing both the frequency and intensity of panic attacks27. Additionally, many subjects reported a reduction in fear following respiratory control via breathing training28.
For when stress overwhelms you
Due to the wide prevalence of stress, it has become a global health problem15. There is substantial evidence linking stress to a number of physical and mental health conditions18. Not only does stress contribute to cardiovascular disease, but it accounts for around 50% of cases of depression and can play a role in infertility and certain cancers18.
A typical response to stress is an increase in breathing rate24, which has a knock on effect. Not only is an increased breathing rate common, but prolonged stress causes this to become habitual24. This can be counteracted, and in the long-term, prevented, by practising slow paced, diaphragmatic breathing24.
For managing high blood pressure
Hypertension is a common condition, affecting more than 1 billion people worldwide3. It often goes undetected, as it presents without signs or symptoms3. Because of the complications it can have, it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and to get it under control3.
Slow paced breathing has shown promising results in numerous studies.
One study found that it not only reduces blood pressure, but it also improves the homeostatic mechanism for controlling blood pressure so that the chances of future hypertension are reduced21. The same study observed that hypertensive patients tend to hyperventilate and suggested that correction of hyperventilation can help improve control of both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems21.
For coping with lung disorders
Respiratory diseases are a huge burden on worldwide health8.
COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide, and asthma is the most common chronic disease in children8. Both of these are chronic inflammatory diseases characterised by mucous and bronchoconstriction22.
Because of the impact such diseases have on global health, much research has been conducted into methods for alleviating symptoms and preventing progression.
Slow-paced breathing could be an umbrella therapy for chronic inflammatory lung diseases.
Improvement of symptoms and quality of life
Normal breathing only uses around 10% of our total lung capacity24.
Slow, controlled breathing causes higher lung expansion than normal breathing, which increases the surface area within the lungs, leading to improved breathing capacity16.
For improving concentration
There is a potential for slow paced breathing to sharpen focus and increase concentration. One study found breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce disruptive behaviours in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)20.
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For enduring menopause
Hot flashes, a common and distressing symptom of menopause, have been associated with increased blood pressure10. As pneemo® is beneficial in hypertensive patients, it could help reduce the occurrence of hot flashes during menopause.
For breathing through childbirth
Controlled breathing techniques have been shown not only to alleviate the anxiety associated with labour, but also to reduce the duration of labour11. Additionally, since slow paced breathing has no side effects, it can be applied at every phase of labour to provide comfort every step of the way.