Why You Want To Breathe Right

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A person’s level of tension is reflected in their breathing patterns.  If relaxed, the breathing pattern is slow and rhythmic.  When tense, breathing increases rapidly and it becomes shallow. In stressful breathing there is limited, if any, diaphragmatic breathing happening.

Understanding How Your Diaphragm Works

This allows you to best understand this breathing training.  Cells need two things:

1. ATP (the food you eat)
2. Oxygen

If you have trouble initially mastering this breathing training then possibly you have a cell oxygenation issue, so you must stick with the program. 

How to Breathe

In taking a breath, the diaphragm should contract and descend allowing the chest cavity to fill up with oxygen.  The lungs then expand to allow for as much oxygen into the cavity space that is made by the diagram descending.

When you breathe out, the diaphragm relaxes as it comes back up, which pushes used air from the lungs.  Without a doubt, rib expansion is critical to this process. If you have ever had a sharp and stabbing pain and the inability to get a full breath in, more than likely you experienced a rib out of position as it connects to either the sternum or the spine. The ribs themselves should move like bucket handles during this entire breathing process.

When any part of the breathing cycle or pattern feels dysfunctional and restricted, this is usually caused by:

1. The misalignment of the ribs

2. Poor posture

3. Emotional stress

Patients who have scoliosis are more likely to experience this dysfunction and inability to get a full breath in. Poor breathing patterns are the rule rather than the exception in our modern society.

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