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Nasal Breathing

Proper nasal breathing includes:

  • Lips sealed

  • Teeth slightly apart

  • Taking light, slow, deep breaths through your nose

  • All day and night

Nasal breathing is key to a successful myofunctional therapy program. The three main functions of the nose are breathing, preparing the air for the lungs, and smelling. Our nose protects us from impurities in the environment, the cold air, and through the sense of smell potentially protecting us from danger.


Why is nasal breathing important and beneficial to our health?

Our bodies are designed for nasal breathing!

  • Sinuses filter, warm, and humidify the air making it easier for the lungs to absorb.

  • Sinuses produce nitric oxide helping increase breathing efficiency, improve physical performance, and reducing congestion.

  • Nasal breathing goes hand-in-hand with diaphragmatic breathing.

Not only are these functions important, but nasal breathing allows for a positive impact on your facial development as well as leaving you with a more aesthetic look to your appearance.


Key Benefits of Nasal Breathing include:

  • Better blood flow

  • Better circulation

  • Increase oxygen levels

  • Improved memory

  • Healthier immune system

  • Improved mood

  • Deeper sleep

  • Allergy relief

  • Proper facial growth

  • Promotes correct tongue posture


Nasal Breathing also reduces the chance of:

  • Snoring

  • Airway collapsing

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Chronic rhinitis

  • Nasal congestion

  • Headaches

  • Loss of smell

  • Dehydration

  • Panic/anxiety disorders

  • Enlarged tonsils

  • Enlarged adenoids

Myofunctional therapists are great ambassadors to educate the general public of nasal breathing benefits. During therapy we will assess, treat, and encourage nasal breathing. Nasal breathing directly relates to correct oral rest posture of the tongue.

At Breathing Essentials Myofunctional Therapy, we aim to teach lifelong skills. Our goal is to formulate a therapy plan to improve this skill and discover why you might find it difficult. Ask yourself, are you a nasal breather or mouth breather?

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