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General Introduction


Breathing quality is involved in many of the following symptoms:

  • Developmental problems
  • Speech and language development
  • Muscular skeletal problems
  • Frequent colds or respiratory infections
  • Poor posture
  • Short attention span
  • Visual problems
  • Tires easily
  • Acid reflux
  • Easily emotional
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Unstable temperature
  • Cold extremities
  • Poor digestion
  • Circulatory problems
  • Candida
  • Constipation
  • Slow healing
  • Abnormal weight
  • Behavioural problems
  • Co ordination problems


  • A child's breathing may become abnormal  when a reduction of supplies of oxygen to the brain  caused by stressful events or illnesses occurring before or around the time of birth, causes a compensatory re routing of blood supply away from the developing respiratory organs to the brain in an attempt to offset a brain injury.
  • Such problems may also be exacerbated by abnormal movement, prematurity and/or further stressful events in later life and may also become more obvious because of the effect of increased height and weight on an undeveloped respiratory system.
  • Similar effects can be caused because of a traumatic event, illness or head injury occuring in a child's in later life.
  • Abnormal breathing can interfere with the course of normal development including functional abilities, muscular skeletal structure, and the long-term health of the child.
  • This is particularly marked when there is a neurological problem because of the vascular weakness in the brain.
  •  Because of the strong connection between breathing, circulation, posture, speech, sleep and immunity, pre birth events affecting breathing development can also play a strong role in other conditions.
  • Examples of the effect of pre and post birth events on breathing development are: Abnormal  neurological states and conditions, asthma, frequent respiratory infections, postural problems, speech and language disorders, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, ME, scoliosis, abnormalities in muscular-skeletal structure, metabolic problems, cystic fibrosis and spina bifida .

For these reasons abnormal breathing may be contributing to a variety of conditions not always associated with breathing.Therefore breathing quality matters to all aspects of a childs health and development


The work of the breathing muscles also affects heart rate, circulation, posture, speech quality, stamina, general health, digestion, sleep, emotional state and more since all of these systems dynamically interact with each other to drive forward health and development.

  • Therefore because of the strong effect of breathing quality on health and development breathing quality matters to children with both neurological and general disorders.
  • Parents using TST 'massage' therapy(both with and without NHS physiotherapy) for their children’s neurological conditions  consitantly report very clear improvements in all aspects of development, general health and abilities as a result of treating breathing.

Reading the children’s stories from all of the conditions listed will help you to understand more about how breathing quality affects development and the improvements that are possible when breathing is treated.

Parents' Stories

Hermione's Story

Charlie's Story

Lois's Story

Corentin's Story

Nimoe's Story

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