Posture For Optimal Breathing

Try this: Sit or stand with your head hanging down, eyes looking to the floor, back slumping, with shoulders rounding forward Take a deep breath in What do you notice? Your muscles in your thorax (torso) become compressed and breathing volume is restricted. Furthermore, the forward head posture restricts airflow through your neck. The esophagus…

Endurance Rehabilitation For Sufferers With Chronic Neck Pain

It has been well established that the tightness of the trunk muscles affects optimal chest expansion in inspiration. An ideal posture allows optimal biomechanics, one region of the spine that affects the ability of the respiratory system is the thoracic spine. A slumped posture is called thoracic hyper-kyphosis, which limits the ability of the thoracic…

Neck Pain & Postural Instability

Individuals suffering from chronic neck pain and whiplash injury were observed to have postural instability (1). Postural control is maintenance of body position in space during any posture or activity. The body receives sensory information (afferent input) from vision, proprioception and the vestibular system in order to generate stability and positional orientation (2). A study…