Posture and asthma

Asthma is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

It can be divided into 2 types:
–    Extrinsic: triggered by allergens.
–    Intrinsic: caused by extremes of feelings like laughing, crying, or contact with chemicals like cigarette smoke, aspirin, cleaning agents, or chest infection or exercises.

Either way, where posture comes into play is that breathing and getting air into the lungs is quite a mechanical feat.

The main muscle for breathing, the diaphragm, needs to contract fully to increase the volume of the thoracic cage in order for the lungs to fully fill up. Full contraction of the diaphragm necessitates optimal postural alignment of the thorax, the spine and the pelvis.

So now, imagine an individual with an anterior scapular plane. His shoulders are rounded and his abdominal muscles are shortened. How well do you think he breathes? How much do you think his diaphragm can contract?

I have seen significant change in my clinical work when studying the relationship between asthma and posture. With postural recalibration, as we are able to align the shoulders with the pelvis, we open up the rib cage and make it possible for the diaphragm to fully contract. This leads to an easier breathing cycle and more oxygen for cellular health. The end result is increased energy and vitality.

I believe that, as we focus on the systemic causes and effect of asthma, proper treatment should include global postural reprogramming in order to increase the mechanical leverage on breathing capacity!

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