If clinicians were able to go back to the ancient days of Egypt, China, India or Greece in an effort to explore the origins of respiratory therapy treatments, they would find many similarities as well as many differences.
Ancient medical clinicians used physical applications in conjunction with herbal concoctions to promote the easing of pain and restoration of respiration. Although similar treatments are in use today, there was a great deal more use of herbal and homeopathic remedies to restore respiratory health than many clinicians use today.
Ancient Chinese Practices
In Ancient China for example there was and is still the belief that all things and all beings have Qi, or energy. As long as Qi is able to flow freely and in abundance, there is balance and health. If Qi is deficient, or excessive, or becomes blocked, the being becomes unbalanced leading to physical maladies, mental infirmities, or emotional issues.
The goal for treatment then became the detection and location of the blockage or imbalance, and the determination of solutions to restore the correct circulation of QI. Imbalances were believed to be the results traced to negative thought patterns, physical trauma, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and poor diet, to name a few.
Additionally, because it was believed that healing began from the inside out, there were many different mental and physical exercises taught to focus the mind and relieve tension and stress.
Advances In Respiratory Therapy
Because of the advances of science, many of the ancient respiratory therapy treatments are no longer practiced. The respiratory therapy training schools of today, are limited to modern scientific approaches to the healing arts accepted by modern medicine.
For the top athletes of today, the ability to perform to world-class thresholds can sometimes exact a high degree of abuse on the physical body and respiratory system. The treatments provided by therapists can mean the difference between a reduction in the time it takes to restore full breathing capability and return to physical activity, or a lengthy and protracted healing period before full physical capacity is achieved.
Yoga is another ancient and modern therapy enjoying somewhat of a renaissance today. There is no doubt that the combination of mind; body and spirit can be extremely beneficial to the reduction of anxiety and the restoration of balance, strength and flexibility.
Although there are a few different forms of yoga practiced today, they all have the same goal of working with the body to achieve a healthy sense of spirit and tranquility. The different movements of balance and stretching require a great degree of focus in order to accomplish correctly.
As a matter of fact, meditation is a focal point of yoga, as the ability to cancel thoughts that produce anxiety, tension and emotional instability and focus on breathing help to bring about changes in metabolism, brain activation, and blood pressure.