Most of us don’t realize we are not breathing to our full capacity and that this can cause neck and back pain. Many of us can find relief from pain by modifying our breathing, strengthening our diaphragms, and letting our bellies relax.
Here are a few of the things that happen when we DON’T breathe to our full capacity:
- The diaphragm muscle loses its strength and becomes weaker over time.
- When the diaphragm is weak, this results in neck, shoulder, and chest muscles getting recruited to help with breathing. The outcome is overwork and pain in those muscles.
- Studies have found that people with limited capacity in their diaphragms are at greater risk for developing back pain. ,
- If there is tension in the belly, or the abdominal muscles are too tight, this constricts the full movement of the diaphragm and prevents us from breathing deeply. It causes breathing to be concentrated in the upper ribs and chest, preventing full respiration, which should reach down into the lower lobes of the lungs.
Your belly should be able to round out and expand fully without being girdled by abdominal muscles that are too tight (for example from doing too many crunches or from holding tension in the belly). In other words, relaxing your belly will result in less back pain.
A fully functioning and strong diaphragm will stabilize and protect the core as well as allow us to relax more deeply. So how do we ensure the diaphragm is strong and able to work at its full capacity?
By regularly breathing into all parts of our torso, not only into the upper chest or only into the belly.
When we breathe to our full capacity and diaphragm is strong, all parts of our torso will expand outward in all directions: the belly, the lower back, the rib cage all around from top to bottom, and the center of the chest.
I’m so excited to share this important information. Its an excerpt from The Release Method: Breathe Your Way to Pain Relief.
Deep breathing can be a savior for people in pain especially if they are unable to move and stretch because of the pain. The Release Method provides complete instructions for how to breathe better and deeper.
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