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The Diaphragm Muscle: How Breathing Relates to Your Posture

Informative post: Diaphragmatic Breathing

The diaphragm is the body’s main muscle of breathing.

For many people, the breathing mechanism can be compromised by various reasons; poor posture, lack of mobility, previous history of accidents, falls, post thoracic and abdominal surgical procedures, poor cardiovascular fitness, or even mental factors such as stress and anxiety.

Proper function of the diaphragm is also crucial for various function of the body, e.g expectoration (coughing sputum), vomiting, defecation, urination, proper swallowing, and phonation (vocalist’s most important muscle?). Movement of the diaphragm during breathing also help stimulate venous and lymphatic return, as well as promote Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) flow (food and waste disposal for brain). It is essentially a giant pump for the body.

It is also importation for correct posture and locomotion (as part of the Deep Front Line anatomical system introduced by Tom Myers), as well as for the movement of the upper limbs.

Lastly, proper diaphragmatic function also promotes optimal Parasympathetic Nerve System activity, which helps with better rest & recovery. (Similar mechanism in which ice baths and cryochambers may help with injury/ post sport/exercise recovery)

As such, it is crucial to restore proper function of the diaphragm through controlled breathing exercises as below.

Disclaimer: The content in this video is not a replacement for proper treatment. If you experience any discomfort during any attempts, please cease and seek appropriate assessment and diagnosis by a qualified health professional.

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