How often have you heard someone asking you to sit up straight? How often have you felt shoulder and back pain without realizing that your slouch is probably the reason behind it? Our posture is a living breathing sign of our existence. Our breathing and posture is interconnected, as the movement pattern that ignites respiration also impacts the position of your skeletal structure. Posture comprises head, spine and rib cage that holds us erect, yet we have a notion that our shoulders are the reason for the slouch, which leads to pain. Well it is the breath that you are taking that controls your rib cage and overall posture.
Our breathing pattern impacts our rib cage position, spine and head movement and our shoulders get affected since the shoulder blades are designed to slide over the rib cage. Multiple studies confirm that both head and shoulder blades are badly affected through poor breathing mechanisms. Using your diaphragm optimally by breathing through your nose may release you from your body aches if you pay more attention to your breathing and by learning to breathe better. Find out from this interesting article on CNN health how Dana Santas, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and mind-body coach in professional sports, teaches you breathing practices to improve your posture and reduce pain.