Many of my clients at Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs workout regularly. Whether it is CrossFit, Marathons, Ironmans, or weight training, I have found that people get injured from time to time without any warning signs. How could this be?
The athletes I work with a train at a very high level and from the naked eye, you would think they are in great shape. The reason is that assuming your body is functioning properly because you look and feel great, performing better than you used to, is unsound and will eventually lead to injury.
The problem is almost always compensation. First, very few people know how to breathe properly. As babies we all breathe with our diaphragms but as we age we unlearn the correct way to breathe. Instead, we lift our shoulders and expand our chests to breathe, usually in a shallow rapid rate. This is considered stressful breathing. Not only are you not getting enough oxygen to your muscles and organs but what most people don’t realize is that the diaphragm is a muscle just like any other. And just like any other muscle, the diaphragm gets tight if not stretched and used properly.
When this happens the improper alignment of the torso over the hips due to stressful breathing, along with a dysfunctional diaphragm, results in compensation patterns along the anterior and posterior chains. When muscles are forced to compensate this leads to muscle fatigue and failure. Muscles that are meant for support and stability are now overworked and leaving the body in an unstable state. The athlete then goes to perform what he or she considers a routine movement and gets injured out of nowhere. Little did they know that their body had been compensating for some time and finally reached the point where injury occurred.
In our office and in the workshops that we do for local businesses we teach people how to
1) Manually release your diaphragm so it can expand properly during normal breathing.
2) Utilize diaphragmatic breathing and not stressful breathing.
3) Perform specific exercises that will strengthen your core musculature responsible for maintaining stability, not just creating a nice six pack.
Interested in learning how to release your diaphragm, breathe properly, and strengthen your core for maximum stability! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org