Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise and Benefits

We understand the significance of deep or diaphragmatic breathing in enhancing our performance in everyday tasks, sports activities, and maintaining our psychological well-being. But what exactly is diaphragmatic breathing?

During diaphragmatic breathing, the movements of the upper abdomen, mid-back, and lower ribs expand and contract with each breath you take. In contrast, in belly breathing, only your abdomen expands and contracts, which may not provide sufficient oxygen to your blood and body parts for optimal functioning. This fundamental difference highlights the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing.

Diaphragmatic breathing offers a range of advantages, including managing post-traumatic stress disorder, reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress hormones like cortisol, enhancing overall immunity, and strengthening core muscles, among others. To delve deeper into the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and explore techniques that can seamlessly become a part of your daily life and exercise routine, watch the video on the UCLA Health YouTube channel. Nurse practitioner Suzanne Smith demonstrates how to perform diaphragmatic breathing exercises and reap their benefits.

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