Diaphragmatic Breathing

Through years of poor posture habits, myofacial restrictions, stress, trying to suck in the abdomen and a host of other factors, we’ve steadily removed our diaphragms from the breathing equation and begun to rely on the upper-chest accessory muscles to accomplish this all-important task. Shallow and/or quick breathing ( extreme cases are referred to as hyperventilation) is associated with many negative health consequences, including respiratory alkalosis, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, decreased pain threshold and allergies. Poor breathing can increase chronic neck and shoulder pain and influence core stability. Identifying poor breathing habits and correcting dysfunctional habits can assist you in excelling in your physical pursuits.-Nicole Nelson

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