Are you Breathing Properly? Proper Breathing is the Key to Healthy Living
“Drop your shoulders”, “Don’t let your shoulders be your earrings”, “Relax your chest and shoulders”……these are the cues that many of us with neck, back, and shoulder pain may hear from a medical provider. However, elevated shoulders are not something that could just be released down with increased awareness. Why not? Because elevated shoulders are the result of improper breathing. If you are a chest breather (incorrect) instead of a belly breather (correct) than you need to elevate your shoulders in order to get air into your lungs. Unfortunately, modern life has caused many of us to lose the ability to use our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, to breathe. Instead, we use our shoulders, upper chest, neck and back muscles to inhale, creating a shallow and rapid breathing pattern and elevated shoulders.