Guest Column by Dr. Jennifer Hobson
Spend any time with me and you’ll know that I love to remind my patients that good health can be simplified to good breathing, sleeping, and eating. All three are connected and can positively, or negatively, affect one’s health.
It’s wonderful to have Dr. Jennifer Hobson of the Hobson Institute only about one hour away from us. Dr. Hobson graciously took the time to write on her perspective of health and how it relates to breathing. https://hobsoninstitute.com/
Dr. Jennifer Hobson of the Hobson Institute understands the effects of breathing on the rest of the body.
By Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT
Finding answers to physical pain is difficult. Poor breathing habits can be the cause of high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, headaches, TMJ, digestive issues, acid reflux, snoring, ADHD, poor circulation, and more. For example, mouth breathing and chest breathing have been identified as precursors to sleep apnea. These bad habits signal a collapse of the soft palate in the back of the throat and a lowered tongue position in the mouth. This creates an obstruction to the throat airway and leads to difficulty breathing and snoring. Physical therapists that specialize in treating the head and neck are evolving to understand the negative effects of poor breathing habits. Many of us believe we breathe just fine, that is one of the main reasons that bad breathing habits are disregarded by ourselves as well as medical doctors.
Humans naturally develop proper postural alignment with correct breathing and swallowing patterns. When our body loses alignment it negatively affects other systems within the body. Patients suffering from physical problems without a known cause often don’t know in what way it manifested or how to address it.
Though involuntary, breathing can be retrained to eliminate the cause of a host of physical and emotional problems including asthma, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, and sleep apnea. By simply being mindful of the facial and oral structure, Dr. Hobson’s patients have experienced positive results through her myofunctional therapy and breathing clinics.
How Hobson Breathing Clinics can help:
Your normal breathing volume intake is 4-6 liters of air per minute (during rest), but some people who breathe through their mouths or have improper mechanics have a drastically increased breathing volume, known as over-breathing.
Over-breathing results in disproportionate amounts of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood, which reduce the oxygenation of tissue and organs, including the brain. Some symptoms of over-breathing and mouth breathing include anxiety, sleep apnea, asthmatic flare-ups, hyperactivity, inflamed tonsils and adenoids, and other problems.
Once a patient is evaluated, we create a path towards a solution. Many patients experience results quickly with a basic understanding and simple exercises for proper breathing. With these simple exercises and training, learning proper tongue placement for example, most attendees of our clinic can substantially improve their breathing health.
For those that have a larger physical problem or need, often the myofunctional, postural and Laynee portions of the clinic become important to retrain the body and mind. Myofunctional therapy and proper posture recognizes and addresses our body as a crucial part of breathing, and Laynee Restorative Breathing Method™. The Hobson Institute breathing and myofunctional can assist both cranial formation technique focuses on retraining the nervous system and “changing’ our involuntary processes.
Through the combination of the Buteyko approach, myofunctional therapy, and the Laynee Restorative Breathing Method™, Dr. Hobson works with patients to retrain their breathing with a series of exercises and demonstrations. Often simple and inexpensive, she has created a complete program that incorporates low cost training aids and practical exercises that almost anyone can incorporate into their day. From the soccer mom to a busy professional, Dr. Hobson understands how a hectic schedule can be an obstacle to improvement, so the clinic offers not only the depth of understanding, but how to use a few effective exercises during your daily routine and avoid the need for invasive procedures. Not only is Dr. Hobson one of a select few Buteyko breathing practitioners, she has seen and expressed its benefits first-hand with her own family members.
Dr. Hobson hosts various programs, from a four-part in-person breathing clinic to specific media and programming for adults and children.
We help people who have these symptoms:
- Poor Sleep, Snoring, Fatigue
- Anxiety, Tension
- TMJ, Clenching Your Jaw
- Attention Deficit Disorders
- Headaches, Migraines
- Mouth Breathing or Difficulty Breathing
- Crooked Teeth, high narrow palate
- Gum Disease
- Ear, Nose and Throat Issues
- Acid Reflux, GERD
- Post cancer Recovery Problems
- Prenatal, Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy issues
- Concussion or Physical Trauma
- Swollen adenoids or tonsils
- The need for ear tube surgery
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Also, learn how to properly screen yourself for a compromised airway issue in the throat and a breathing test to see if you may need this training.
Click here to learn more about the screening tests and how to sign up for the online or in-person breathing clinic training.
Dr. Hobson understands how difficult it may be to come to her in-person breathing clinics. She has created online breathing clinics for anyone that can’t make it to her in-person breathing clinics but would still like to learn from her. Click here to sign up for the breathing clinic online. There are two options. The intro breathing clinic is mainly the Buteyko breathing training. Session 2/3 is focused on myofunctional therapy and postural restoration. It is recommended that you start with the intro and then continue to Session 2 and 3 when you have a good handle on the Intro techniques.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Dr. Hobson at email@example.com.
About Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT
Jennifer Flage Hobson is a European-trained physical therapist. She earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed Hogeschool internships in Holland and Madrid, Spain, and then concluded with a clinical residency in Advanced Orthopedics in Chicago. Dr. Hobson earned a Manual Therapy Certification, a Cranio-Facial (Rocabado) Certification, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy under the direction of the renowned New Zealand expert Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. Fluent in the Spanish language, Dr. Hobson continues to train and teach in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Mariano Rocabado, a leading Cranio-Facial, TMJ, Neck and Spine rehabilitation expert. Dr. Hobson is the first instructor to teach the Rocabado Method in the United States through the University of St. Augustine. She received certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling, by the renowned Dr. Jan Dommerholt, through Myopain Seminars. Dr. Hobson has been instrumental in introducing this technique to the state of Illinois and is proud to say that her office is one of the original offices performing this technique in the Chicagoland region. Her staff has advanced skills in dry needling to the head and neck region along with the entire body.
Dr. Hobson trained with Joy Moeller, BS, RDH, and Sandra Coulson, MS.ST,ED,COM two of the leading instructors in the field of Myofunctional Therapy. Dr. Hobson enhanced her knowledge of restoring not only the head, neck and jaw, but also the tongue and its functions related to proper development of the mouth, teeth, and throat. Along with Myofunctional Therapy training, Dr. Hobson is a certified reviewer of the GOPex program (Good Oral Posture Exercises) and works with children and adults all over the world through a simple phone app video online program to improve their overall spinal posture and tongue to palate posture for rest and training the resting position for a healthy swallow.
Dr. Hobson is a certified educator of Buteyko Breathing method (the simple idea of breathing volume reduction) through the instruction of Patrick McKeown, one of the few practitioners accredited by Professor K. P. Buteyko and is currently working towards certification for the Laynee Restorative Breathing Method. Along with the Buteyko breathing method, Dr. Hobson is also in the process of earning her certification for the Laynee Restorative Breathing method which re-synchronizes and restores the cranial nerve system which governs our body and its automatic functions.
Lastly, Dr. Hobson’s drive to continue learning more about the head and neck and how it is connected to the whole body, she has led her to train with cranial osteopaths through Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Upledger Institute. This has broadened Dr. Hobson’s understanding of the body and the cranio-sacral system which is a much gentler way of treating both infants to adults.