IATP 2021 Conference Recordings
The Functional Airway
Living is basically an instinct for survival which overrides all other functions. Survival is nothing more than being able ‘to take the next breath’ and this assumes priority, so that every action we take, every compensation we make, every habit we create is driven by this instinct. These compensations are usually subconscious, seemingly innocuous at first, but when they become habitual, they cause other equal and opposite compensations elsewhere in the body. Life is a breath-by-breath experience and with an average breathing rate of 30,000 breaths per day, even a small dysfunction will become significant over time, manifesting itself as a symptom, or symptoms. The current medical model is dedicated to managing these symptoms using whatever means are available. It is all about “How do I fix this – quickly?” The reality is that unless the source of the dysfunction is addressed it is highly unlikely that the problem will be solved, and intervention will become ongoing – causing other compensations down the track. The solution is to identify the ‘What and the Why’ before deciding on the ‘How’ and this requires multiple skills which are simply not available in any one single discipline.