How Important is Breathing to You? in oakland ca
I went to Seattle this past weekend to a Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) Seminar. While I’ve been practicing CBP for 15 years, this weekend reminded me again of just how important posture is. As I boarded the plane on my way home, I noticed that almost everyone on the plane had their head bent forward, looking at their phones. Hours of bending our heads forward all day is creating a new posture crisis that we have never seen before, We’re bending our posture, our spines, our nervous systems, into new shapes that our bodies don’t know how to deal with.
Try a fun exercise for me. Take a deep breath in your normal posture. Note how it feels. Now jut your chin forward as far as you can and look down. Try to take a deep breath. Note the difference. Now line your ears up to your shoulders and take a deep breath. Did you notice that when your head was forward, you couldn’t breath? I think we can all agree that breathing is important. In order to improve breathing, we have to reduce
Forward Head Posture
Forward Head Posture (FHP), commonly referred to as “text neck”, is a result of our new sedentary lifestyles. Humans evolved to predominantly stand and walk, but the vast majority of us sit for most of the day, either looking at a computer screen, or a phone.Unfortunately, all this forward bending of the neck causes trouble with our respiratory systems and causes pain.
How Does FHP Affect Breathing?
When FHP is maintained for prolonged periods, the flexor muscles in the neck and erector spinae muscles in the upper mid back region are weakened due to constant lengthening, while the sternocleidomastoid, splenius muscles, and other anterior neck muscles are shortened from flexion. This muscle imbalance can lead to a rounded seating posture to compensate, which creates pain in the upper back and neck in the long term.
Forward Head Posture has a negative effect on the muscles that help us breathe. It changes the alignment of the mid back, weakens the muscles in the mid back and decreases the space for the lungs to expand fully, which means that FHP reduces your ability to breathe deeply.
A study published by the Journal of Physical Therapy Science compared a a group with FHP and a control group. The study showed that the FHP group had significantly lower forced vital capacity (total inhalation) and forced expiratory volume in 1 second (exhalation) compared to controls. In addition, the responsiveness of the anterior neck muscles for the FHP group were significantly lower than the control groups.
Improving FHP Through Chiropractic
I specialize in corrective chiropractic care (Chiropractic Biophysics), which is the only technique shown to reduce FHP and help patients regain strength in the anterior neck muscles. This helps patients more easily hold the head upright and reduces the stress placed on the upper trapezius muscles, scalenes, and other muscles of the upper back region. By restoring the lordosis (normal curvature) of the neck, mechanical stress is reduced and the neck pain often goes away. This will in turn place less stress on the upper back region and increase the space for the lungs to fully expand, allowing more expansion and compression of the lungs to take place, improving breathing function overall.
So the question is, how important is breathing to you? If you have neck pain and reduced breathing from FHP, or if you just want to improve your posture overall, don’t wait to schedule. Reach out to us to get yourself scheduled for a new patient exam. Call us at 510-922-1579 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your next appointment.
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