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I want to look closely at the relationship between our diaphragm and our pelvic floor. The diaphragm is the ceiling of our pelvis and abdomen, while our pelvic floor is just that...the floor of our pelvis and abdomen. Both of these structures are muscular tissue, both can descend down to a bowl shape, and both can draw up to a flattened, tighter position. Our diaphragm descends down to draw in every breath, taking up room in our abdominal and pelvic cavity. When our diaphragm takes up more space, we accommodate by expanding our lower rib cage and chest, and our pelvic floor descends ever so slightly with every breath. These are all components of the natural rhythm of our breathing pattern and pressure displacement.
If our lower rib expansion and chest expansion are not functioning when we take in air, then the increased pressure in the abdominal/pelvic cavity has to find somewhere to go, and often puts increased pressure on our pelvic floor. Let me give some examples. If w...
Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
Scientists around the world are studying pain mechanisms of all kinds. In this article, the characteristics and causes of muscle pain are reviewed. Methods used to conduct experiments to better understand pain are explained. For example, muscle pain can be evoked by internal versus external sources. Ischemia (decreased blood flow) and exercise are two ways to induce muscle pain. Electrical stimulation and mechanical and chemical causes of muscle pain are also discussed. Exploring the causes and effects of muscle pain in an experimental fashion has shown researchers many new things. For example, muscle hyperactivity is not caused by muscle pain in the normal adult. But for someone with chronic musculoskeletal pain, increased electrical activity has been measured in the muscles. This occurs both at rest and after activity. Recent studies have shown us that muscle pain can alter motor control. Muscle pain can cause changes in muscle coordination and changes in motor strategies. The exact ...
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