Shoulder problems related to how well you breathe – Study shows relationship with the MARM and SEBQ

Breathing that is relaxed and functional does not over-involve shoulder muscles. On the other hand, breathing that is dysfunctional often includes an excessive amount of up and down shoulder movement. A lifetime of dysfunctional breathing can change the pattern of movement of the shoulder complex resulting in shoulder or scapula dyskinesis. While it makes sense…

The diaphragm – whole body effects (tip to toes and mouth and nose)

Think of breathing and if you are even slightly anatomically literate you will probably think of the diaphragm. This major muscle of breathing influences all other breathing muscles. It changes the shape and size of the rib cage, creating the pressure differentials that draw air into the body. The influence of the diaphragm goes way…

Does tongue tie cause mouth breathing in children?

Correcting mouth breathing is a top priority in my work with children with breathing, sleep, postural and behavioural issues. The list of problems that mouth breathing contributes to is long. Children who mouth breath are much more prone to developing facial imbalances as well as orthodontic, muscular-skeletal and postural problems. They tend to have narrower…

Sleep Apnea, Snoring – why breathing retraining, mouth/throat exercises and lifestyle change are part of the solution

There is some good news for people with sleep apnea and snoring. A growing body of research is showing that lifestyle and self help measures including breathing retraining and mouth/throat exercises as supportive therapy for patients with sleep apnea can help. Sleep apnea and even simple snoring can have profound effects on health. They should…

Asthma inhaler - young woman

Living well with asthma – What’s functional and dysfunctional breathing got to do with it?

The impact of asthma Asthma affects 1 in 10 people in Australia, that’s about 2 million people and about 655 million dollars is spent on asthma every year according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. What these figures don’t show is that asthma has very different effects on people’s lives. Some asthmatics live well with…

Gray's Anatomy - vagus nerve

The vagus nerve and resonance frequency breathing for healing mind and body

The vagus nerve – key structure of mind-body medicine By learning to create and sustain more optimal physiological, and mental-emotional states we can decrease the risk of disease and also improve our body’s self-healing ability. Mind-body techniques that help us produce these optimal states include practices such as progressive relaxation, mindfulness meditation and various controlled breathing practices. Most of these mind-body techniques have positive…