Laser Spine Institute Presents Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Videos
At Laser Spine Institute, we encourage our patients to learn and practice proper breathing techniques both during and after the spine surgery recovery process.
That’s because breathing does much more than keep you alive – it can facilitate healing, strengthen your core and promote good physical and emotional health over the long run.
The Effects of Improper Breathing
Whenever you experience back pain or stress, your central nervous system triggers several physical responses. For instance, you might notice that your heart rate rises, your muscles tense and your breathing becomes rapid and shallow.
If these effects occur repeatedly over time, your nervous system can become overstimulated, leading to health conditions like high blood pressure, chronic muscle pain and inflammation. What’s more, inefficient “chest breathing” results in reduced oxygen transfer to the blood and poor nutrient delivery to the spine, as well as other bones, organs and tissues throughout the body.
Proper breathing can help counteract these harmful physical changes and also strengthen your core, which will help your body to better support your spine.
With regular practice, you can improve your breathing technique by training your body to breathe deeply from your abdomen naturally, even while you sleep. The experts at Laser Spine Institute can explain how.
Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique
Abdominal breathing, which is also known as diaphragmatic breathing, can be learned by performing targeted exercises.
Laser Spine Institute recommends that you practice the following breathing exercise at least twice a day, as well as whenever you experience back pain or stress:
In addition to providing many health benefits, diaphragmatic breathing practiced over time can also help you feel more energized throughout the day.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about improving your breathing technique or overall spinal health, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.