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Breathing ‘badly’ is usually a habit, just as poor posture is usually habitual. And as with most habits, because they are repetitive or constant they ‘feel normal’, and the internal guidance system as to what is correct posture or correct breathing accommodates to these feelings. An habitual upper chest breather can no more produce a normal breathing pattern than can someone with habitually poor posture ‘stand up straight’. Additionally, over time, functional habits such as these (postural and/ or breathing patterns of use) tend to evolve structural repercussions, adaptive changes which prevent a return to normal function.
People suffering with FMS show a significantly higher degree of anxiety when compared with other painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Anxious people tend to breathe dysfunctionally, and the breathing patterns involved (largely upper chest with minimal diaphragmatic involvement) can exacerbate FMS and CFS symptoms, and may actually cause or aggravate many of them.
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