20 Sep Can breathing really help (or hurt) structure
Breathing may not seem like something that can help or hinder function within your body…But it is.
When done properly, not only does it facilitate healing in the body, but it also promotes the fullest expression of self.
An exchange of air between your lungs and the outside world facilitates oxygenation of blood which is REQUIRED for each and every cell within your body to function. Breathing can affect everything from mood, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, sleep quality, heart rate, nervous system activity and even pain modulation.
To talk about proper breathing, we must first understand the wrong way to breathe. For many reasons today people live self consciously, which is often focused around body image. The image of keeping our stomach slim and tight, while breathing with our chest has become a default for how people breathe today. This causes two problems; first, you do not allow the key breathing muscle (the diaphragm) to do its job, and second, smaller, weaker muscles of the neck and shoulders become overworked. If these smaller muscles become constantly fatigued, the incidence of neck pain, discomfort, loss of motion and headaches skyrocket.
The solution may be simple, remind yourself to breathe deeply and slowly WITH YOUR STOMACH moving throughout each and every breath. If you can’t accomplish this with practice, then an underlying instability may be present. When the foundation of your body (your spine) shifts, it can place abnormal pressure on the neurological areas associated with breathing… Therefore making it nearly impossible to breathe properly.
This is where we come in…
At Happy Chiropractic, we see many secondary conditions (symptoms) associated with a primary causation of the spine. Instead of guessing, we utilise objective tests to locate and correct your unique spine function with a minimum of heavy force.
Yours in Health
Dr Michael Bloom
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Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.