Poor posture compromises breathing function since slouching prevents the diaphragm from working to full capacity to expand the chest cavity and lungs. Restricted movement of the diaphragm, the dome- shaped muscle that separates the thoracic (chest) and abdominal cavities, can affect breathing ability even among those without respiratory conditions. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment may be helpful in improving the breathing ability of those with poor posture, as well as asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary hypertension. According to study of 30 individuals without respiratory problems, low- amplitude manipulation directed to the thoracic area of the spine resulted in “significantly increased forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume.&rdquo

Just like every other part of the body, the lungs rely on nerve function to travel unimpeded from the brain to the spinal cord. A misalignment in the thoracic and mid- cervical regions of the spine can lead to lung abnormalities like asthma. Correcting subluxations can help reduce inflammation in the lungs and increase one’s ability to breathe properly. To schedule an appointment, please call 860-621-2225, or visit us at 200 Queen St., Southington. We focus on the body as a whole while addressing the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms.

P.S. Although common chronic respiratory diseases can be passed down through genetics, increased exposure to cigarette smoke, high levels of air pollution, and chemicals and other toxins may also play a role.

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