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Breathing is an important component of human survival, however, did you know it is just as important for maintaining the stability of your spine and strengthening your pelvic floor?

The diaphragm is our breathing muscle, when we exhale it relaxes and when we inhale it contracts expanding our ribcage upward and outward. The notable difference between stomach breathing and diaphragmatic breathing is the depth. Stomach breathing is very shallow and short whereas diaphragmatic breathing is deep and extended.

Understanding and adopting this type of breathing is important for ensuring your core is supported when lifting from the floor, squatting, overhead movements, carrying amongst other daily activities and exercising. 

Watch the video below on diaphragmatic breathing

Remember diaphragmatic breathing can help with your recovery, for exercise and in day to day life. Always seek approval from your health care team prior to commencing an exercise program.