Diaphragmatic Breathing

Do you have neck pain? Are you anxious? Do you have sensitivity to light or sound?

This diagram is a great explanation of why breathing matters. And more importantly, why breathing PROPERLY matters.

Breathing is not only important for survival and core stability, but also for the regulation of our entire body’s physiology.

If you have dysfunctional breathing (e.g. you are a chest breather), look at all of these consequences, both physically and psychologically.

Yes, if you are chased by a lion or tiger, you will use your chest to breath and escape. However, once you are done running, you should return to diaphragmatic (belly) breathing. Unfortunately, in today’s world, our life stressors are much longer lasting than running from a lion or tiger. They last hours/months/years/decades. And as a result of these stressors, many people subconsiously change their breathing pattern into one that is similar to running from a lion or tiger.

How can you improve your breathing pattern?

  • Identify your stressors in life.
  • Be conscious of your breathing pattern.
  • Work consciously on diaphragmatic (belly) breathing.
  • If all else fails, get assessed by a medical professional who can help.

***Diagram from Leon Chaitow’s textbook, “Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders.”

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