Breathing Pattern Disorders


Liz Childs is the certified BradCliff practitioner for the Wellington area.

The BradCliff Method is a physiotherapy-based programme developed by Dinah Bradley and Tania Clifton-Smith, to treat breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome.

It can benefit both adults and children, and those with existing respiratory disorders, anxiety and chronic pain.

There is evidence showing reduced reliance on asthma medications and improved sports performance following correction of faulty breathing patterns.

One in ten New Zealanders experience some form of breathing pattern disorder. The BradCliff method is a drug-free option to help these people live well in todays stress-laden fast paced society.

Have you ever experienced any of these breathing difficulty symptoms?

  • Frequent sighing and yawning
  • Breathing discomfort
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Erratic heartbeats*
  • Feeling anxious
  • Pins and needles
  • Upset gut/nausea
  • Chest pains*
  • Shattered confidence
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Achey muscles and joints
  • Dizzy spells* or feeling ‘spaced out’
  • Irritability or jumpiness
  • Feelings of ‘air hunger’
*See your doctor if you experience these symptoms


They can be caused by

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Long standing pain and postural stress
  • Sports training, involving transfer of large volumes of air
  • Occupations that involve lots of speaking [eg teaching and broadcasting]
  • Chronic nasal problems, causing mouth breathing

Check if your symptoms might be breathing related – take the quick test

Bookings of 1 hour are made for the first consultation, to allow a thorough assessment and begin breathing retraining. This is followed by a half hour session a week later, and up to 4 other sessions over the next 12 months. Ask for an appointment with Liz whenyou call us.