Correct relaxed breathing should be initiated by a muscle known as the diaphragm. This causes the tummy to rise and fall with breathing in and out respectively. Breathing in through the nose allows for a humidifying effect of the air and filtering of particles which is the most healthy method of breathing.
Some simple techniques you can try yourself are listed below:• Begin by lying comfortably on your back. This is the easiest position to encourage correct abdominal breathing.• Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise while the hand on your chest remains relatively still. This is ensuring your diaphragm, not your chest, is drawing air into your lungs.• Focus on long, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.• As a general rule, exhalation should last twice as long as inspiration.• Once you feel comfortable with your ability to breathe correctly into the abdomen, feel free to remove your hands and attempt to incorporate this breathing into other daily activities.
If patterns of breathing have been disturbed for any length of time, clinical experience suggests that normalisation of the musculoskeletal regions associated with the breathing process may require attention before correct patterns may be restored. Your Chiropractor may assist you with this.
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