Various studies around world have highlighted the benefits which the Buteyko Method gives to asthmatic adults. But can children also get the same benefits?
About the Study
Nursing students from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines conducted a trial on the Buteyko Method involving children 7-11 years of age as part of their thesis. With assistance from Buteyko Practitioners Dr. Charles Edward Florendo, and Patrick Mckeown, the students followed up 7 children who took up Buteyko, and 7 others who did not. All the children were diagnosed with asthma by a pediatrician.
The Buteyko group noted significant improvements in both the quality of life and asthma control scores.
The Buteyko Method (Also known as the Buteyko Breathing Technique) is a type of breathing exercise developed by Dr. Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950’s. It is postulated to improve various conditions, most notably Asthma.
The children were assessed using the Filipino versions of the Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, and the Asthma Control Questionnaire. They were followed up for 4 weeks.
Children who took up Buteyko were taught the Buteyko using games and fun activities promoting proper breathing. The Buteyko group noted significant improvements in both the quality of life and asthma control scores on the third and fourth weeks after their initial tuition. On the other hand, no significant difference was noted for children in the control group.
No Side Effects
Consistent with other international trials on the Buteyko Method, none of the children suffered side effects from the Buteyko program.
Garnered International Interest
The study has generated international interest as the group who made the thesis were invited to present their paper in conferences in Singapore and the United States. This is probably the first study of the Buteyko Method involving children outside of Russia.
The nursing students are Romella C. Lina. Matthew Daniel V. Leysa, Zarah DF Libozada, Maria Francesca I. Lirio, Angelo Liwag, Gabriel D. Ramos, and their thesis adviser is Margaret M. Natividad RN, M.Ed.
The thesis is currently downloadableat: http://www.academia.edu/6072726/Effectiveness_of_Buteyko_Method_in_Asthma_Control_and_Quality_of_Life_of_School-age_Children
Dr. Charles Edward G. Florendo is a certified family physician with training in interventional wellness. He is probably the first hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing specialist in Southeast Asia. He has taught breathing retraining to patients and healthcare workers in Africa, United States, and the Philippines. He holds an advanced certificate in Buteyko from the Buteyko Breathing Association (UK). He is presently the medical adviser of the Buteyko Clinic International and a consultant at Mary Chiles General Hospital (Philippines) and the Clinica Salutare (Philippines).
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