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It has been well established that disturbed breathing patterns have a negative effect on core stability, motor control and balance, as well as on pain perception.

Learning better breathing can enhance better spinal function (the diaphragm is a major part of the spinal support system).

Breathing pattern disorders affect large numbers of people, mainly female,
partly because of progesterone, a respiratory accelerator. Evidence suggests that a combination of retraining exercises, education and appropriate bodywork (see suggestions below) can help normalize the majority of such problems, over a period of months.

Retraining essentials

Understanding the processes: a cognitive, intellectual, awareness of the mechanisms and issues involved in breathing pattern disorders

  • Retraining exercises that include aspects that operate subcortically, allowing replacement of currently habituated patterns with more appropriate ones
  • Biomechanical structural modifications that remove obstacles to desirable and necessary functional changes
  • Time for these elements to merge and become incorporated into moment-to-moment use patterns.