The Scotson Technique – Why

Breathing Quality Matters because:

  • Many symptoms commonly associated with abnormal neurological conditions are actually the result of abnormal breathing.
  • Besides providing the oxygen which is essential to the life of the body, breathing affects: heart rate, circulation, posture, body structures, blood pressure, limb movement, speech, the development and function of the digestive organs, blood flow to and from the brain, sleep, cognitive ability, learning and brain growth, emotional state, health, immunity and healing.  All areas of the brain can affect and are affected by the way we breathe.
  • Breathing quality is affected by both neurological abnormality and brain injury and the effect of abnormal movement or lack of movement on respiratory development.
  • An already dysfunctional brain will be much more affected by abnormal breathing than a normal brain.  Thus breathing matters to disabled children and treating breathing is essential to improve their quality of life and developmental potential.
  • Abnormal breathing can therefore adversely affect the course of overall development in neurologically challenged children exaggerating disability and creating a considerable roadblock preventing restorative brain growth taking place.

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