Understanding Your Body

When performing CPR, you learn about ABC – Airway, Breathing, Circulation. The first step is to check if the airway is open. Once the airway is open, the next check is breathing, and then finally the circulation gets attention.


We find that many of our patients are not breathing properly. Instead of using the diaphragm to breath: neck, shoulder, back and rib muscles are used to do the work of the diaphragm. This leads to shallow, ineffective breathing. The use of muscles other than the diaphragm contributes to neck pain, back pain, headaches as well as other physiological issues.
Dysfunctional breathing has not been widely recognized as a concern, but is beginnng to receive attention in chiropractic, osteopathic and manual medicine literature. Improper breathing complicates treating high blood pressure, anxiety and pain.
Are you breathing correctly? When breathing in, your diaphragm drops down, pushing your stomach out and when breathing out, your diaphragm move up and stomach comes in. Shoulders, and upper chest, should not move. When the diaphragm is well developed even the ribs will remain still as the diaphragm works like an efficient piston moving air in and out.
Watch for future blogs with exercises you can do to ensure that you are breathing right — One of the foundations for health and wellness!