With the hustle and bustle of every day life and the stresses that come with it, something as simple as breathing can make a HUGE difference. That is why I asked Dr. Katie Briley if I could post a very good article about the benefits of belly breathing. Check it out!
By Dr. Katie Briley Performance Chiropractic and A.R.T. Specialist
At least 80% of all Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. A key component to managing low back pain is BELLY BREATHING, or diaphragmatic breathing.
This breathing is accomplished with proper use of the diaphragm muscle; a large, dome shaped muscle located at the base of your lungs. Proper use of this muscle creates a stable site between the diaphragm and pelvic floor along with the abdomen and spine. Belly breathing strengthens the muscles that wrap around your abdomen and back creating a nice support.
- Belly breathing is like meditation. It helps to balance your nervous system and allows your body to reduce stress hormones.
- It improves mental focus and clarity by increasing blood flow to your brain.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Helps with fatigue. You are less likely to fatigue faster when you belly breathe because you are allowing more oxygen to penetrate your muscles.
- Decreases blood pressure.
How to belly breath:
*Lay on your back. Now place one hand on your belly and one on your chest.
*Breathe naturally. As you breathe, concentrate on your stomach expanding 360 degrees before your chest. If it would make it easier for you, place an elastic band around your waste and watch it expand as you breathe.
*Do this for 3-5 minutes at a time.
Take a little time this New Year to practice your belly breathing!