Rockingham session run by Asthma Foundation

Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph

The Asthma Foundation will hold a free community forum in Rockingham this week to advise people on how to manage their condition and how to help others with asthma.

One in nine people have asthma and asthma attacks kill more than one person each day, according to the Asthma Foundation.

The foundation works to reduce this impact through education on asthma, guidance on managing the condition and information on how to deal with an asthma emergency.

Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms of asthma, but can also have many different causes.

WA physiotherapist Pippa Windsor will discuss breathlessness at the forum.

She will advise on how to recognise your breathing pattern and discuss relaxation and breathing awareness exercises.

“The way in which one interprets their breathing pattern can be affected by many traumatic life events such as hospitalisations due to asthma or a scary attack as a child,” Ms Windsor said.

“By using the correct muscles and recognising panic symptoms early on, anyone is able to control anxious nerves and better manage their asthma and breathing technique calmly.

“I believe it is so important to really focus on what your body is telling you now rather than what it has told you in the past."

The forum will be held on November 8, from 10am to 12pm, at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Asthma Educators will be available on the day to answer questions.

To register visit www.asthmaaustralia.org.au, call 1800 278 462 or email ask@asthmawa.org.au.

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