“Clinicians currently rely on a host of pain management and treatment approaches, but our team is keen to measure the benefits of this innovative breathing technique to determine if it could be an effective addition to existing treatment strategies.
“Yoga enthusiasts have long used rhythmic breathing to achieve tranquillity of the mind, and we now know that the way we breathe regulates our nervous system, in turn affecting our blood pressure and our ability to recover from stress.
“Our study aims to determine if rhythmic breathing can help people with a disrupted nervous system as a result of their spinal cord injury. It will assess whether the breathing and importantly, the feedback of heart function can improve the functioning of the nervous system."
The researchers approach will involve a specific type of breathing to regulate heart function to a point where it influences neural function and the autonomic nervous system.
Ashley said the hope is this will in turn deliver wide ranging benefits for the brain, the gut, the heart, sleep and a host of other physical functions.
“We are keen for at least 100 people to join our study and potentially help establish a new and effective, evidenced-based approach to care,” he said.
How to participate in the trial:
Researchers are now recruiting for the study and are encouraging those interested in taking part to contact them. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0420 378 157