"But I am Breathing...I wouldn't be here if I wasn't"
Our patients and clients can be pretty sharp. I can't tell you how many times we start out with evaluating and discussing the concepts of breathing and I get the response titled above.
True -- you are breathing. No, you wouldn't be here if you weren't, because it's required for life. However, just because you do something doesn't mean you are doing it correctly or optimally.
Breathing, particularly Diaphragmatic Breathing, is a key foundation for all activities, whether we are talking about rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, athletic performance, or just every day life. There are a number of great resources in the topic of breathing. If you are looking for some clinical insights and explanations, I would suggest Leon Chaitow's Recognizing, and Treating Breathing Disorders which can be found by clicking on the link.
Since it's no surprise that there are texts and courses related to this topic, it should also be understood that this blog post is by no means all encompassing. My intention is that it gets you thinking and seeking more depth on the topic. Why? Because it's that important, after all, anything you do 23,000 times per day probably is.
Here are 3 way at breathing affects our bodies:
"On average, a person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute. This means we breathe about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. Unless we get a lot of exercise. The person who lives to 80 will take about 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime."
(c/o heraldtribune.com: http://goo.gl/yDxSwv)
Thank you for stopping by the Athletes Physiotherapy Blog! Kristopher Bosch founded Athletes Physiotherapy in Las Vegas, NV. He is a Father, physical therapist, athletic trainer, pilates teacher, & perpetual student!
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