Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Newton Ctr. MA
Bikes: 2 cdale Caad7. Scatantte CX/winter bike. SS commuter.
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i use them. I have a partially deviated septum (self diagnosed). They seem to make it easier to actually breath through my nose. Normally I cant really breath through my nose at all. The strips give improvement in my perception.
Some suggest that breathing through he nose allows for proper diaphragmatic breathing, which is much more effective than mouth breathing, which is a more shallow, upper lung breath. With out the strip, I can breath 50% through my nostrils (on the best of days). I'd guess that the strip makes this more like 70-80%.
I only use them when I race, though and dont seem to miss them at all when I dont wear them during training, so who knows... placebo??
I should get surgery, but I dont wanna.