The Core360 Blog

What does breathing right even look like?
Yes, there is a right and a wrong way to breathe as we discussed in our first blog.  Maybe a better way to say it would be to say there is an optimal way to breathe. One that primarily utilizes the full capacity of our diaphragm muscle.  One that allows you to better support your posture and core, one that allows you to take in a higher level of oxygen at a lower level of effort and one that decreases the amount of stress and strain on your body that poor breathing inevitably places on it.  There are a lot of good reasons to understand and work toward good diaphragm breathing!
Wait!! My lungs are in my chest, so why are you telling me to expand 360° around my waist when I breathe?
As a physical therapist, I have always felt it is important for my clients to understand why they are doing something.   I don’t want anyone to just blindly follow what I tell them because I don’t think that leads to following through with doing a program.  If you understand WHY you are doing something, not only do I think you are more likely to do it, but a successful outcome is also more likely to occur.
But I breathe ALL DAY LONG… do I really need to work on it?

If you are a living human being, you are breathing on a regular basis.  In fact, you are doing it about 20,000 times a day. The alternative, as far as we know, would render you incapable of staring at your computer screen to read this blog post.  But just because you are breathing, doesn’t mean you are doing it well.  In fact, most of us have significant room to improve.  From helping with chronic neck or back pain to improving your strength and performance, working on improving the way you breathe can have a huge payoff.