When people have back pain, they almost never consider that the way they are breathing could have any kind of impact on it. Most people don't even realize that they can breathe in different ways. And surprisingly, breathing the wrong way can actually make your back pain worse!
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What is compromising the way people breathe the most is that as a society we tend to subconsciously hold our stomach in. When you breathe while holding your stomach in it causes you to expand your ribcage when inhaling and can actually increase your back pain! What you want to do is breathe from your stomach, through your diaphragm. Follow these simple tips to make sure you are breathing correctly:
- Focus on breathing from your stomach
- Your stomach should go out as you inhale
- Push your stomach in and out while breathing
- Avoid breathing with your ribcage
This video will help better explain the importance of how you breathe:
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