Eugene Chiropractor, Eugene Physical Therapy at Cascade Health Center teach patients the proper use of breathing with the diaphragm which can be a source of much of peoples mid back pain and more.
The diaphragm is a large, thin, dome-shaped muscle that divides the thoracic (chest) cavity from the abdominal (belly) cavity. As the diaphragm contracts and moves down, the lungs are able to expand and fill with air.
Breathing with your diaphragm along with breathing through your nose, is essential for a healthy respiratory process. When you have inefficient breathing, either through disease or poor posture/habits, air can become trapped in the lungs, pushing down on the diaphragm. The neck and chest muscles must then assume an increased share of the work of breathing. This can leave the diaphragm weakened and flattened, causing it to work less efficiently.
Five Advantages of Using the Diaphragm
When first learning how to use the diaphragm, it is easier to learn while laying flat on the ground – when that becomes easier, try it seated in a chair. In the beginning it will take effort to make the diaphragm move correctly and it is common to become tired and a little light-headed because of the extra work and increased intake of oxygen.
Be patient and keep practicing. It is something that needs to be worked on several times a day consistently before it becomes a natural habit.