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How Is Your Breathing?

We all do it, but are you aware of HOW you’re breathing? 

 

Breathing occurs automatically, thanks to the autonomic nervous system, but the magic of breathing is that we are able to exert conscious control over it as well! Research has shown that we can change our physiology and therefore our health, by changing how we breathe. 

 

I assess breathing with just about every single client. It can tell me so much information, such as their ability to coordinate muscles through contraction and relaxation, ribcage and spine mobility, compensation patterns, and breathing patterns. It is a foundational tool that I like to start with for almost everyone because it is vital to movement and mind/body connection.

 

On average we take 20,000 breaths a day. That’s a lot of opportunity for improved health just by changing the way we breathe!  Ideally, we want to be breathing through the nose. This is especially important at night and affects everything from oxygen saturation, fatigue levels, deep sleep, and dental health. We should also breathe with our diaphragm by expanding the lower ribcage and belly, letting it rise on every inhale and sink on every exhale. By focusing on extending the exhalation, it will activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the rest/digest/heal system and will aid in relaxation. 

 

Stress can contribute to shallow chest breathing, poor posture can contribute to mouth breathing, and lack of coordination or tight muscles can decrease your ability to breathe with your diaphragm. Do you want to learn to be a better breather? Physical therapy can help! 

 

Schedule a free consult with Intrinsic PT today.

 

 

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Stepping into the world of pelvic health physical therapy has been eye opening for me but also inspiring in so many ways. The more I learn, the more I realize how uneducated and underserved this population is in this country. Did you know that in France every woman is given PT postpartum? Much better than a quick check at 6 weeks and an ok to return to activity that we get here in the US.

Every woman deserves better care than we are currently getting, whether you are postpartum or not, but the reality is that we all have pelvic floors! Pelvic floor issues can affect anyone, at any age, so although the ladies deserve so much more in terms of quality care, the reality is that every person deserves better!

I treat all genders and all ages with pelvic floor dysfunction. You don’t have to “just live with it” or feel in the dark about what is going on in your body and you are certainly not too old to start working on it. Physical therapy can be so effective at treating pelvic floor dysfunction from incontinence to pain to constipation to figuring out how to return to activity after having a baby. It is so encouraging to see the change that is already happening in this arena.

Let’s keep it going! Follow Intrinsic PT on Instagram to learn more about the importance of pelvic health physical therapy.