Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Videos

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:

  • Lie on your back with one hand on your chest and the other hand on your abdomen. As you breathe deeply, or diaphragmatically, your abdomen should rise up into your hand. If you find that your chest rises up into your other hand instead, try again, this time consciously breathing deeply into your diaphragm.
  • While performing this exercise, breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth.

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.