Introduction: The condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure is called as hyper tension. Dr. K P Buteyko developed a set of breathing exercises called the Buteyko Method. The breathing techniques of this method are unusual in that people are asked to breathe less rather than more and holding the breath is considered as important as breathing. The breathing here is a nasal breathing pattern.
Aim: To assess the haemodynamic changes following Buteyko Breathing Technique training for 2 weeks in hypertensive subjects
Objectives: To assess the effects of the Buteyko Breathing Technique on pulse rate, blood pressure and control pause by.
Materials and Methods: After screening for inclusion and exclusion criteria, 6 participants were included in the study.
The intervention duration was for 2 weeks, 6 days/week and the number of sessions were recorded. The technique was taught through a DVD. Each session lasted for 15 – 20 minutes. Sessions were conducted at a fixed time every day.
Results: The mean reduction in pulse rate was 2.5 ± 1.04/minute, systolic blood pressure 4.16 ± 3.76 mm of Hg and diastolic blood pressure 5 ± 3.16mm of Hg respectively.
Conclusion: There was a reduction in pulse and BP following 2 weeks of Buteyko training.
Hypertension, Buteyko breathing technique, Breath-holding techniques, Control, Pause, Carbon dioxide retention.