Initially called Physiotherapy for Hyperventilation the group was started in 1993 by Anne Pitman. At that time there was little recognition of the impact that a poor breathing pattern could have on a person’s well being. The aim of the group was to provide a forum for the few physiotherapists specialising in this area, to encourage networking, discussion and education.
Over the years the group has grown to the size it is now. All members are Chartered Physiotherapists (or equivalent for international members) who have specialised in the management of a variety of respiratory conditions. An increased understanding that not everybody who struggles to control their breathing is hyperventilating, and of the effects that a variety of altered breathing patterns can have on our physical and emotional well being has led to a change in the group’s name to Physiotherapy for Breathing Pattern Disorders.
Our aims remain similar and include:
- Increasing awareness of the causes and effects of Breathing Pattern Disorders.
- Promoting networking amongst professionals
- Providing support top both professionals and patients
- Improving education and training opportunities to Health Care Professionals.
We have produced a variety of educational media: written, audio and short films and update these regularly.
- Reading Materials for Self Help
- Reading Materials for Professional
- CDs and DVDs
You can find details for these resources on the Self Help page.