Air in your lungs – and its importance for your physical and mental health

Interactive lecture

Date: 20 May
Tijd: 15.30-17.00h
Language: English
Lucturers: Eline Mos-Oppersma & Toni Madorran
Platform: Microsoft Teams

Interactive lecture

Eline Mos-Oppersma (Assistant Professor-TNW) and Toni Madorran* (MANP) offer insights into how breathing works; how does oxygen from the air eventually end up in your toes?        

The lecture has a theoretical and a practical component. The theoretical component covers: 1) how the brain converts breathing reflexes into activation of the respiratory muscles, 2) how air flows into the lungs, 3) how oxygen absorbed by the tiniest alveoli is diffused into the blood, and 4) and how the carbon dioxide that is released during this process is exhaled. By viewing breathing as a physiological regulatory system, you gain a better understanding of what can go wrong in the event of incorrect breathing patterns or illness, for example, which is certainly very relevant in this era of COVID.

The practical component deals with heart rhythm variability biofeedback and slow abdominal breathing. Heart rhythm variability biofeedback is a natural stress reduction method that utilises biofeedback. Bodily functions are measured and displayed using a biofeedback system. These measurements provide an indication of our stress levels. Breathing exercises restore balance to heart rhythm. The strength of hearth rhythm variability biofeedback lies in the combination of simplicity and effect.

Toni Madorran (MANP) is the lead clinician at Boncura GGz and, in collaboration with Medisch Spectrum Twente, has carried out research into the application of, amongst others, heart coherence in stress, anxiety and mood disorders in people with heart conditions.

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