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  • Writer's pictureNeil Bever, D.C.

Posture and Lung Capacity

Poor posture has a direct impact on reduced lung capacity.

The diaphragm is a muscle between the lungs and the abdomen that contracts and flattens when you take a deep breath in.

When it flattens, it increases the space in the thoracic cavity and a vacuum is created which pulls air into the lungs to fill that space.

Forward head posture and increased thoracic kyphosis (aka hunched over looking at your phone) alters your diaphragm mobility.

When the diaphragm doesn’t work properly, other muscles take over and you end up a “chest breather” instead of the preferred “belly breather.”

Cervicothoracic (neck and upper back ) restrictions go hand in hand with poor posture. In order to eliminate restrictions in your cervical and thoracic spine (as well as learn how to improve your posture and strengthen and stretch the muscles that need it) schedule an appointment by calling or texting 260-225-9444. Chiropractic adjustments relieve spinal restrictions by increasing the range of motion, while the proper stretches and exercises will maintain the stability needed to keep the joint moving freely.



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