Objective accurate measurements are critical for any intelligent diagnosis. Otherwise one is left with vague generalities. Therefore measuring the ventilation and its correlation to related disease pathology is essential.
Professor Buteyko developed a simple way to measure the breathing that can be done by nearly anyone, anywhere and at anytime. To accurately measure lung ventilation with conventional equipment is a laborious and extremely complex task. Any form of resistance, like a breathing tube to the apparatus for example, will distort the measurement and have an influence over the breathing, which is supposed to be measured without interference.
Professor Buteyko developed a better and easier system, that is a more indicative and precise measure of overall health, than any other test known to medical science.
Professor Buteyko developed what is called the Control Pause, and it only takes a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is a watch with a second’s hand. The idea is based on the fact that our breathing is driven by the Respiratory Centre, located in the Medulla Oblongata part of the brain; which provides the involuntary stimulus to breathe, due to its sensitivity to carbon dioxide.
By measuring the time it takes for it to respond to the accumulation of carbon dioxide, (due to a breath hold), will tell us the amount a person ventilates on average per minute.
Very simply, the Control Pause is a breath holding manoeuvre, wherein we deliberately stop breathing and time the number of seconds that pass, until we feel the first urge to breathe again.
The Control Pause is a precise diagnostic manoeuvre – and certain rules need to be adhered to obtain a correct result.
1. A C.P should not be done immediately after a meal.
2. The person should be sitting upright and comfortably.
3. The breath holding should be preceded by a normal inhalation and exhalation. It should not be a deep breath or a shallow breath—but a normal breath in and out.
4. After the breath out, the breath should be held with the mouth closed and the nose pinched closed with the fingers.
5. During the breath hold, one should pay attention to the time keeping – so that when the involuntary urge to breathe occurs, you will know exactly how many seconds have transpired.
6. As soon as the urge to breathe occurs, the nose should be released and the breathing resumed. The number of seconds that transpired during your breath hold is your Control Pause.
A common mistake:
If the breath in after the Control Pause was in any way exaggerated, it means the Control Pause was not done properly, because the breath was held beyond the first urge to breathe.
Source: Learn Buteyko Newsletter
Author: Kostas Kapelas