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Improve Cognitive Functioning Through Breathing Exercises

“…slow breathing exercise is the most helpful breathing exercise for improving cognitive function in stroke patients.”

Cognitive Function & Breath-work : Recent Study

The CDC defines states that a stroke happens “when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.” This results in damage to parts of the brain that then can impact cognitive and physical functioning. 

Many survivors report a decrease in quality of life, with dysfunctional breathing as one of the factors impacting this. Not surprisingly, many studies researched this item, finding an array of results. A 2022 literature review completed in Korea found that breathing exercises can have a number of benefits for stroke survivors including:

  • Increased respiratory capacity and capability
  • Enhanced pulmonary functioning
  • Positive psychological functioning

The study also highlighted how the autonomic nervous system can be restored to a normal state and the parasympathetic nervous system activity can be increased with the anticipated psychological changes through consistent and practiced breath work. Slow breathing exercises in particular were found to be the most beneficial for stroke survivors.

Ready to practice breathing exercises but not sure where to start? Check out our post on Box Breathing to learn a quick and easy breathing practice that you can start today!

Our chair yoga classes also implement several breathing and meditation practices that are targeted specifically for stroke survivors and their recovery. Learn more about our adaptive online chair yoga classes for stroke and TBI here!

Source: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/11/10/2888/pdf


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