The Art of Breathing, a Book Review
It's been a while since I've done a book review/recommendation so here's my latest! Breath by James Nestor. I am especially happy to point out that this book actually directly influenced my treatments in the office lately. Read on to find out how!
Breath by James Nestor in summary draws from pulmonology, biochemistry, anthropology, psychology, and more sciences to ultimately relay the incredible importance of proper breathing in humans. Today, most of us breathe to our own detriment, which leads to neck and jaw imbalances as well as chronic illnesses such as asthma, sleep apnea, ADHD, anxiety and more. We have developed poor breathing over time as a result of poor diet, stress, mouth breathing instead of nose breathing, and the list goes on. Just know, the vast majority of us are currently NOT breathing optimally.
How did this influence my treatments in the office? I have been muscle testing the breathing muscles on almost every patient to ensure they are all firing as they should be and contributing to optimal lung capacity and breathing mechanics. Some of these muscles include the diaphragm, intercostals, serratus anterior, obliques, latissimus dorsi, and more. I typically do muscle activation techniques along with chiropractic adjustments to improve the function of these muscles. Also, another terrific and effective way to aid in proper breathing is through breathing techniques. There are many which can be found online as well as in this book. Most of my patients get sent home with instructions to do at-home breathing meditations or techniques.
I have really enjoyed and found fulfillment in contributing to helping my patients with one of the most fundamental aspects of health-Breath.