Breathing Essentials: The Anatomical Details
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Breathing Essentials: The Anatomical Details

Respiration and the Impact on Health, Posture, Pain, Movement and Performance.
4.4 (33 ratings)
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Created by Debra Dent
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What will the student take away from this course?
  • The student will have a good grasp of anatomy and function of the trunk inorder to be able to apply the exercises and practices that will be taught within the courses in this series.
  • Are you suffering from neck pain, headaches, back pain and hip pain? Are you slowly collapsing in height? Is your performance lacking in sports?
  • Breathing Essentials will give you the tools necessary to alleviate Breathing Pattern Disorders in the pursuit of ideal posture and motion.
  • In this first course on anatomy and function, the student will be taught the anatomy and function of the respiratory system. There is no ying and yang in this course. The material in this course is based on valid evidence in the studies and current reseach.

Dysfunction of the respiratory complex, trunk muscular imbalances, muscular inhibition and weakness, myofascial restrictions, loss of axial rotation and chronic hyperventilation, all have significant effects on posture, trunk stability, chronic pain, upper extremity and lower extremity function and motion. 

This seminar is the second of six seminars that will enable the student to connect the negative effects of dysfunction of respiration and generate answers on the management of these issues.      This seminar deals with the anatomy and function of respiration. Taking one or all of the seminars will provide the essential tools necessary for recognizing and strategies for alleviating Breathing Pattern Disorders in the Pursuit of Ideal Posture and Motion.

Who this course is for:
  • This is an excellent course for anyone who is suffering from some type of spine pain, dysfunction and limitations.
  • The concepts in this course are simple and strive to educate the student on their anatomy and function of their muscular and spinal structures as they deal with gravity and motion.
  • Once a student understands the anatomy and function of respiration, they can follow the details on how to correct dysfunctional breathing patterns.
Course content
Expand 12 lectures 01:40:57
+ Introduction
12 lectures 01:40:57

This is a four question quiz for you to help you retain the information from this section.

Breathing Essentials: Skeletal Components
4 questions
Breathing Essentials: Muscular Component

Muscular component quiz!

Breathing Essentials: Muscular Component
4 questions

This video will deomonstrate the difference between upper chest breathing and true lateral costal diaphragmatic breathing.

Breathing Essentials: Mechanics of Quiet Breathing
Mechanics of Quiet Breathing Quiz
2 questions
Video demonstration: Upper Chest versus Diaphragmatic Breathing
Breathing Essentials: Physiology of Respiration
Physiology of Respiration Quiz
4 questions
Breathing Essentials: Function of the Diaphragm

This will test your knowledge of the diaphragm.

Breathing Essentials: Function of the Diaphragm Quiz
4 questions

This video demonstrates a person with a very narrow chest and  no lateral costal breathing.  You can see the overuse of the neck muscles (Scalenes and sternocleidomastoid) and the fact that instead of the abdomen expanding outward, it is moving inward and upward.  I want you now to view this video a couple of times then watch yourself breathe normally in the mirror.  I don't want you to take a deep breathe, just breathe your normal rate.  Do you breathe like this?  If you do then you need to watch the following video.

Video demonstrating poor lateral costal expansion and upper chest breathing.

First of all.  This breathing practice should be comfortable, not forced and most definitely should not cause any difficulty, discomfort or medical issues.  Do NOT do them if you feel uncomfortable or dizzy.

To learn how to breathe into the lateral part of your ribs is easy.  Think about breathing like an umbrella.  An unbrella opens in all directions not just forward and an umbrella does not open straight upward.  First take an easy breathe in then have a long slow comfortable not forced blow out.  Then breathe in comfortably but think about expanding your ribs in the back and the side.  NO BREATHE HOLDING!

Now think about breathing into your right lung then blow out and breathe into your left lung.  You are connecting with your respiratory muscles and your trunk.  Remember nothing is ever forced or uncomfortable.

Lateral Costal Expansion

This breathing practice will help to slow down your breathing rate.  The goal will be to try and blow out for 5-20 seconds.  You most likely will not be able to do this immediately.  It will take time and practice.    Remember, never forced exhallation and if you can't get upwards of 20 seconds, no problem.  Do not worry about it just do you best to practice comfortably and without stress.   

Breathing Practice
References for the Research

The next in this series is Breathing Pattern Disorders.  In this course, I will be discussing the detrimental effects of altered breathing patterns.  How breathing pattens can perpetuate chronic pain through changes in our blood pH, neck pain by changing the biomechanics of the spine.  There are a number of postural deviations and changes in our physiology that is perpetuated by poor breathing mechanics. 

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