Can you better one without the other?
This blog post on posture and breathing has been written by Dr. James Zheng. He is one of our Chiropractors from our Crows Nest Chiropractic centre. He talks of the significance of our breathing along with the impact it can have on your posture. If reading this article raises any concerns with your posture and breathing please contact your chiropractor, or health care practitioner.
The way we breathe can impact our whole body, as it helps to regulate vital body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. It can also reinforce proper body mechanics that put less stress on our bodies as we move.
Breathing pattern dysfunction
Poor posture can lead to breathing pattern dysfunction. This is most commonly seen in people who spend long hours sitting each day. Rounded shoulders and a forward head posture cause the muscles around the chest to tighten and also depress your sternum. That tightening and depression limits the ability of the rib cage to expand and causes people to take more rapid, shallow breaths.
Research on posture and breathing
Research 1. has shown that people with ongoing neck pain or sore/ stiff neck muscles have difficulty using their lungs and respiratory system to their full capacity. Research 1. can be seen below
- Pulmonary Function of Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Spirometry Study, Zacharias Dimitriadis, Eleni Kapreli, Nikolaos Strimpakos, Jacqueline Oldham, Respiratory Care Apr 2014, 59 (4) 543-549; DOI: 10.4187/respcare.01828
If you have ongoing neck pain, sore neck muscles or you think you need to focus more on your posture and breathing to help better your posture, please contact us.
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