At Vida Integrated Health, we recognize how breath impacts your mobility, posture, and overall health. A skilled chiropractor understands the relationship between breathing and chiropractic adjustments. Here’s more information on the relationship between the two:
Why We Care About Breath Work
At Vida Integrated Health, we perform a variety of different adjustments that require specific breathing techniques. During a posture screening, our chiropractors strive to find the cause of your pain. There may be a connection between proper breathing and pain relief in an adjustment.
Pay attention to your breathing. Some breathe with only the top part of the body. They are not completely lowering the diaphragm to expand their lungs. This kind of shallow breathing may worsen tension or stress.
Your posture could impact your breathing quality and vice versa. The movement of your diaphragm may affect the position of your rib cage and spine. Incorrect breathing can also lead to the overuse of certain accessory muscles in the shoulders and neck.
This encourages chiropractors to focus on improving posture. Good posture may help you take healthy, deep breaths. Poor posture can cause shallow breathing and discomfort in your shoulder, neck, and back. It may also impact the mobility of your entire body. Poor digestion, insomnia, and tension headaches may be traced back to this cycle of poor breathing and posture.
Before Your Next Chiropractic Adjustment: Breathing Tips
Here are some beneficial tips to help you with your breathing. Improving your breathing can help reduce the previously discussed issues in between chiropractic adjustments:
- Limit the time you spend sitting.
- Pay attention to the posture of your upper back.
- Exercise and tone your abdominal muscles.
- The most natural way to breathe is to push through the abdomen (the diaphragm). This encourages air to the bottom of our lungs, where optimum oxygen exchange with the blood takes place.
- Practice deep breathing exercises daily.
Using Respiratory Assists
All tissues in your body depend on oxygen. When you breathe out, certain neck, shoulders, and spine parts may be easier to adjust. These coordinated movements can be referred to as respiratory assist.
Chiropractic adjustments may help improve your breathing by taking pressure off the muscles and nerves that control your diaphragm and lungs. The chest wall doesn’t move well for people with conditions like COPD, asthma, and other lung diseases, indicating compressed nerves. Adjustments using respiratory assists help decrease muscle tension. Reducing rigidity lessens the work for the respiratory muscles, making it easier for people with lung conditions to breathe deeper and longer.
Our chiropractors coordinate your breathing with their adjustments to help you relax. Others may use breathing to aid in the healing of specific areas of the body, such as the lungs or spine.
At Vida Integrated Health, we focus on promoting health for every bodily function, including breathing. Working with a chiropractor may help you relieve muscle tension and achieve long-term healing. With daily breathing techniques and adjustments at a qualified clinic, you can experience a variety of physical and emotional health benefits.