One interesting home treatment for a deviated septum is the Buteyko breathing method.
The Buteyko method was first introduced by Professor Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian physiologist. He believed that decreased carbon dioxide levels in the body affect the energy producing process in the cells and disturb the homeostasis (stable internal state) within the body causing diseases.
Practicing these breathing exercises can raise the levels of carbon dioxide, curing several chronic diseases. This approach is quite popular in treating asthma and is found to be helpful in conditions such as diabetes, psychological disorders, immune and metabolic disorders, reproductive disorders, and sleep apnea.1Courtney R. Strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities of the Buteyko breathing method. Biofeedback. 2008 Jul 1;36(2):59-63.
- 1Exercise to unblock nose.
- 2Normalizing breathing volume:
- 3Diaphragm breathing while walking.
- 4Holding breath while walking (to create light to strong hunger for air).
- 5Breathing exercises for severe asthma, anxiety, and panic attacks.
- 6Breathing exercises for children and teenagers.
- 7Multiple, short breath holds.
The presence of deviated septum blocks the nose and obstructs breathing. The Buteyko breathing technique unblocks the nose and can be performed in the following steps:3Courtney R. Buteyko breathing method. Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders E-Book. 2014 Jan 1:241.
It begins with control pause (CP) which involves gentle inhaling and exhaling through the nose, followed by holding the breath. The breath should be held until the individual develops a desire or hunger to breathe.
In this, the individual relaxes and breathes slowly for 3-5 minutes. It is also known as slow breathing.
This step begins with gentle inhalation and exhalation through the nose followed by holding the breath to the maximum extent. It is known as maximum pause.
Steps 2 and 3 are repeated five times and can be performed for 20-40 minutes.
It is believed that hyperventilation (unseen excessive breathing) leads to a deficiency of carbon dioxide in the blood. This phenomenon lowers oxygen levels in the tissues and causes several chronic disorders. Breath-holding exercises increase the levels of carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) in the body and cure these disorders.4Courtney R. Strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities of the Buteyko breathing method. Biofeedback. 2008 Jul 1;36(2):59-63. In individuals with deviated septum, these exercises unblock the nose and ease breathing.
Buteyko Breathing Exercises in 3 Minutes by Patrick McKeown