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3 Steps to proper diaphragmatic breathing

Have you thought much about your diaphragm?  Probably not because we normally don’t think much about breathing.  I think the diaphragm is one of the most overlooked and perhaps underutilized muscles in the body.  The diaphragm contributes to breathing, swallowing, bowel and bladder function, posture, blood flow, and helps the viscera (organs) function properly.  Did you know diaphragm activity is controlled in part by our emotional state?

Sadness fear, anxiety, and anger can all play a role in how we constrict our breath.  When in chronic stress or chronic pain we tend to be shallow breathers. This means our diaphragm doesn’t get used to its full potential, our ribs won’t expand well, and we don’t utilize our full oxygen capacity. Due to its vast fascial connnections, poor use of the diaphragm can have negative effects on our blood flow, lymph flow, muscles , joints, and neurological system.

Breathing with your diaphragm takes some practice. Watch my You Tube video here for 3 steps for proper diaphragmatic breathing.

Just Breathe,

Melanie Connell, MPT, MTC, CHC