The diaphragm is the largest muscle of your core. If it has become lazy or you’ve had surgery or pregnancy that has affected it’s function, you’ll start to see other symptoms creep up like neck pain, shoulder pain, diastasis recti (split abs), urinary incontinence or even back pain. Although all of these conditions are treatable without surgery with natural chiropractic care, it’s a good idea to improve your breathing skills before you start having problems.
Don’t know if you breathe correctly? In today’s video, I show you how to evaluate your breathing mechanics. It’s important to make sure your chest has minimal movement when you breathe (unless you are sprinting or in a super stressful situation!) and your abdominal region expands forward, to the sides and also to the back. We call this 360 degrees of expansion.
If you do not breathe correctly, try the drill I mention in the video. If that doesn’t seem to work, you may need some professional help to get to your goals. Sometimes you have been breathing so long the other way that we have to do some chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy or physical therapy to loosen up your rib cage so you can get on track again. If I can assist, give me a call at 224-653-8094 to reserve an appointment.
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