Yes – Posture Affects Breathing
“When you can’t breath, nothing else matters” American Lung Association
The most alarming thing about breathing disorders is that you may develop a breathing disorder due to compromised posture, then, the pain and dysfunction caused by poor posture, causes compounding or worsening breathing disorder/s
What would you do if you you knew the exact number of breaths you had left, before you expired? Would you take notice of every single breath and make it an absolute cracker!
Let’s face it….. Your life is only as good as the last breath that you have taken.
For our bodies to be happy and healthy we must have access to the basics: Air, Food, and Water. You could argue about which is most important, but, when you take into account the timeliness of each, it is very clear which of these essential ingredients is the most important.
Let’s use a life and death situation as an example!
Many people know the basics of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) technique. You know, you find someone who is in need of help after hurting themselves or maybe they have collapsed because something in their body isn’t working quite right.
In CPR, what do you check first? Do you check their level of hunger, their thirstiness, or their ability to breath?
If you answered ‘their ability to breath’, then you are correct… if you answered either of the others, then you need further training in CPR – quickly!
Quite simply, you do not need to eat as often as you need to drink; and you do not need to drink as often as you need breath. So, breathing is at the top of the tree insofar as our bodies are concerned.
For a normal person, in a nutshell…
1. You can last about 7 weeks without Food.
2. You can last about 7 days without Water.
3. You can last about 7 minutes without Air
(Please do not “test” any of these at home)
So, breathing is a high priority.
This means….. when we treat people who have aches, pains, or injuries we tend not to focus on making sure that they drink “8 glasses of water per day” (which is such an unbelievably inaccurate guideline….. in fact, if you’d like to know WHY it is so wrong, send us a message, an email or post on Facebook and we’d be happy to explain why – if you’d like to know!)
It has been found recently, through the application of current neuroscience, that the practice of alternate nostril breathing helps to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Also, we tend not to focus on food or diet because that is often not a significant contributor to ongoing chronic pain.
So, what’s left? Air. Breathing.
This is often at the cornerstone of our most successful treatment strategies with many, many clients, particularly those with headaches, neck pain, and stiff shoulders and upper backs. The bottom line is that if you ain’t getting enough oxygen into your body (through efficient breathing patterns), then, your muscles and organs are not getting enough oxygen, and that is just going to annoy them! They will rebel. They will force you to take notice.
Breathing is one of the first things we look at when you come into our clinic, each and every visit. We don’t always make a fuss about it, nor make it obvious, or even discuss it, but, it’s always a strong factor in overcoming many common injuries.
The way that someone breathes, or does not breathe can tell plenty about a person’s general health.
As an experiment, try this simple breathing exercise that is used more simply as a head-clearer by relaxing the neck muscles and providing a mild resistive overload for the diaphragm. It’s called ‘alternate nostril breathing’.
Using your index finger and your thumb.
1. Close your Left nostril using your thumb and inhale to fill your lungs with air via your Right nostril.
2. When your lungs are completely full, take a short pause.
3. Close your Right nostril with your index finger and at the same time as release your Left nostril, and exhale through the Left nostril.
4. When your lungs are completely empty, take a short pause.
5. Inhale to fill your lungs with air, through the Left nostril, keeping your Right nostril closed with your index finger.
Be comfortably seated
Direct the air you breath in, to the sore part/s of your body
Visualise breathing in a calming colour
Take your time
Perform 21 cycles.
Aside from getting someone out of pain, getting their muscles to either fire-up (engage) or tone-down (inhibit), getting their breathing right is an absolute necessity to becoming completely pain-free.
Here’s to your good health.