Category Archives: Breathing Dysfunction

Can the way I breathe be causing my back pain? What is belly breathing and why does it help? How do I brace my core? What is diaphragmatic breathing and why is it so important? Well let’s answer a few of these questions together…. But first we must take a look at what breathing does … Continue reading Can the Way I Breathe be Causing My Back Pain?

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Most of us are totally unaware of our breathing. That is probably a good thing as we take approximately 70,000 breaths per day! Because breathing is auto-regulated, when we start to develop breathing disorders, it would be like doing an exercise in the gym incorrectly at 70,000 repetitions per day! Stress, anxiety and emotions all … Continue reading Buteyko Method of Breathing

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Why do the doctors at Back to Function have me blow up balloons for some of my rehabilitation exercises? Blowing up balloons facilitates the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles are flexors of the spine and trunk. By facilitating (turning on) the spinal flexors with balloon blowing you are helping to inhibit (turn off) the spine … Continue reading Why Should We Blow Up Balloons For Exercise?

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Shoulder pain is a common complaint that we see at Back to Function. Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself, or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments or tendons. Shoulder pain usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder. At Back to Function, we make sure to evaluate the … Continue reading Shoulder Pain and How to Fix It

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Luckily, breathing is an automatic action performed by the body that we don’t really have to think about too much. Breathing plays a key role in both posture and spinal stabilization. But just because it is automated, doesn’t mean that we will never have issues with breathing. In fact, a recent study demonstrated that 75% … Continue reading Breathing to Correct Posture and Alleviate Pain

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