Capnometry: A Versatile Non Invasive Approach To Breathing Retraining

Capnometry: A Versatile Non Invasive Approach To Breathing Retraining


Capnometry uses a capnometer and optional graphing capability (capnograph) to measure carbon dioxide concentration in expired gases. It is used during anesthesia and intensive care, and in lung function studies.

In intensive care capnometers may be used as a substitute for blood gas determinations or to monitor the performance of assisted ventilation. In Optimal Breathing development it is used to assess and correct degrees of UDB aspects of hyperventilation/overbreathing/hypocapnea. Health professional fields are almost unlimited.

Practical Applications

Use a capnometer breathing retrainer to:

  • Perform demonstrations for learning and/or teaching about how breathing changes (CO2) profoundly affect physiology and behavior. 
  • Evaluate and study your own and/or your trainees’ breathing (CO2) and heart wave (HRV) patterns with Better Physiology profiles.
  • Teach yourself and/or your trainees about self-regulation of breathing (CO2) and heart wave patterns for enhancing performance.
  • Track breathing and heart wave patterns for evaluating your own and/or your trainees’ progress with Better Physiology reports.

Expose Exercise and Sports Induced Hyperventilation

We use it in conjunction with our many other breathing assessment factors partly listed in our Free Breathing Tests and before and after our breathing development sessions for another measure of progress.

Did you know that over-breathing (CO2 deficiency) can trigger or exacerbate physical and psychological complaints such as shortness of breath, breathlessness, chest tightness & pressure, chest pain, feelings of suffocation, sweaty palms, cold hands, tingling of the skin, numbness, heart palpitations, irregular heart beat, anxiety, apprehension, emotional outbursts, stress, tenseness, fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, dry mouth, nausea, light-headedness, dizziness, fainting, black-out, blurred vision, confusion, disorientation, attention deficit, poor thinking, poor memory, poor concentration, impaired judgment, problem solving deficit, reduced pain threshold, headache, trembling, twitching, shivering, muscle tension, spasm, stiffness, abdominal cramps and bloatedness.

Did you know?

In predisposed individuals, over-breathing (CO2 deficiency) may trigger or exacerbate phobias (e.g., public speaking), migraine phenomena, hypertension, attention disorder, asthma attacks, angina attacks, heart attacks, panic attacks, hypoglycemia, ischemia (e.g., brain cell death), depression, epileptic seizures, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbances, allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, and chronic fatigue.

If you are a trainer or a self-management coach, the breathing retrainer may be an important adjunctive tool for peak performance training, relaxation training, attention and & concentration training, alertness training, breathing training of any kind, meditation training, patient education, stress management.

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