Learn How To Breathe | Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization | 3-Month Supine

Breathing serves as the foundation of movement, regulating our body's rhythm in response to various situations. Incorrect breathing patterns, often termed as paradoxical breathing or chest breathing, engage large muscles such as the upper trapezius, levator scapula, SCM, and pectoralis, leading to tightness, pain, and joint blockages in areas like the shoulders, neck, mid-back, and lower back.


Correcting these breathing patterns is essential. By adopting the right technique, muscles not originally designed for respiration can relax, allowing for improved movement. This change positively impacts the musculoskeletal system, enhancing the range of motion, reducing joint restrictions, and increasing stability.


This understanding is rooted in the principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), which considers normal human development as the blueprint for optimal movement and stability. Early milestones in human development include learning to breathe correctly and regulate intra-abdominal pressure. 


This pressure, activated by the descending diaphragm, influences the pelvic floor, rectus abdominis, and spinal erectors, crucial for body stabilization. Achieving this stabilization pattern is only possible with ideal respiration.


Mastering ideal breathing patterns is pivotal not only for pain management and enhanced mobility but also for improving sports performance. It forms the cornerstone of a balanced and functional body, enabling effortless movement and overall well-being."


Q: What is the significance of breathing in the context of movement and musculoskeletal health?


A: Breathing serves as the foundational element of movement, intricately linked to our musculoskeletal system. Our body's ability to regulate breath in various situations is essential for optimal function. However, breathing incorrectly, often referred to as paradoxical or chest breathing, engages large muscles such as the upper trapezius, levator scapula, SCM, and pectoralis. This leads to repetitive strain, causing tightness, pain, and joint blockages in areas like the shoulders, neck, mid-back, and lower back.


Q: What does it mean to be a "paradoxical breather," and how does it impact the body?


A: A paradoxical breather is someone who breathes incorrectly, using muscles not designed for respiration. This improper breathing pattern strains muscles, leading to tension and discomfort in various parts of the body. Over time, this repetitive strain can restrict range of motion and cause joint issues.


Q: How can learning the correct breathing pattern benefit the musculoskeletal system?


A: Teaching the body to breathe in the right pattern allows the muscles not designed for respiration to relax and reduce their tone and tension. Correct breathing enhances the musculoskeletal system by increasing range of motion, decreasing joint restrictions, and improving stability. This change positively impacts areas prone to tension and pain.


Q: Where does the knowledge about ideal breathing patterns come from, and how is it related to human development? What is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization? 


A: The knowledge about ideal breathing patterns stems from the teachings of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). DNS observes normal human development as the blueprint for how we move and stabilize our bodies. One of the early developmental milestones involves learning to breathe correctly and regulate intra-abdominal pressure. This pressure, activated by the diaphragm's movement in the abdomen, plays a key role in stabilizing the body. Ideal breathing patterns, essential for achieving this stabilization, significantly influence not only pain management and mobility but also sports performance. Understanding and implementing these patterns can have a profound impact on overall well-being.

This is a great position for training the correct respiration pattern. “Paradoxical breathing”- Breathing in the wrong pattern can lead to chronic neck, upper trap, and back tightness. The 3-month supine position from Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization is a great position to learn how to breathe in the correct pattern. This position can be practiced in a seated position but training in the shown position will help for easier practice of correct pattern. 


Pro Tip! 

Things to think about during this position 

Legs are relaxed and hips in flexion for a neutral position of the spine “Think stacking ribcage over pelvis” 

Inspiration “Breath in” = expansion into lower abdomen 

Inspiration should be through the nose 

Chest should not raise during inspiration



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