Asthma and breathing pathomechanics: The effects of mouth breathing and hyperventilation on asthmatic symptoms.

For many of us breathing sits as an unconscious action, often taken for granted until we have to hold it or have it cut off in an emergency event. For some, breathing is harnessed as a source of athletic power, or a tool to find focus or relaxation. For others still, breathing is a chore, a labor, a source of apprehension.


Tuning Tension: Letting it Go

A month ago I wrote an article for Tony Gentlicore where I mapped out ways in which you can elicit reflexive increases in muscular tension by simply focusing on what you do at three places in your body. You can read it in full HERE. This article is the other side of the coin; how […]

Wrinkles on the Inside

Progress can be at times a double edged sword. In the case of our bodies, progress in western medicines understanding of the inner workings of our organ systems, down to the cellular level, has lead to millions of lives saved every year. Ailments that once crippled and killed can now be prevented, managed and at […]

Training attention; taming and aiming the mind.

Across the broad spectrum of human endeavor, one major factor that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the ability to hone and hold their attention in order to attend to a task, develop a skill, and/or achieve a goal. Whether the effort is akin to an arrow or a plow, great attention must be paid to ensure ones direction is accurate and effort effective. Indeed; no great achievement has occurred without focused, diligent attention to a purpose, cause or goal.

The respiratory effects on core stability and low back pain; the power in our breath. 

Both the pressures held to keep our body upright and the gases exchanged to keep our bodies going are intimately interwoven. Air moves in and out of our lungs to fuel and exhaust our cellular machine, and with it the pressures of our thorax and abdomen are effected. Both the driving muscles of respiration and core stabilization have a significant overlap, and with this there exists a complex connection between respiration and our bodies ability to hold itself up and against the challenges of our environment.