There are numerous health benefits in nasal breathing for both overall health and sport performance. Chiropractic therapy can help improve breathing by correcting postural imbalances impacting breathing mechanics.
When the spine is not in correct alignment, it can affect the functioning of the diaphragm, the main muscle used in breathing. By combining chiropractic care with breathing exercises and techniques, patients can experience greater benefits in terms of improved breathing, athletic performance and overall health.
Beneficial Effects of Nasal Breathing:
Increases Oxygen Delivery
Nasal breathing helps to increase oxygen delivery to the body, by filtering, warming, and humidifying the air before it enters the lungs. This can lead to improved athletic performance, less breathlessness, and improved cardiovascular function.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Nasal breathing can help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and can lower anxiety levels.
Better Sleep Quality
Breathing through your nose during sleep can reduce the risk of snoring, promote more restful sleep, and result in better overall sleep quality.
Improves Lung Function
By breathing through the nose, it provides resistance to incoming air, which helps exercise the diaphragm and lungs, making them stronger and more efficient.
Promotes Better Oral Health
Nasal breathing keeps the mouth moist, which can help prevent dry mouth, bad breath, and tooth decay.
Better Immune Function
Nasal breathing enhances the production of nitric oxide, which acts as a defence mechanism against viruses, bacteria and harmful microorganisms.
Chiropractors can use adjustments and other techniques to correct spinal misalignments, improve posture, and alleviate muscle tension, thereby improving breathing mechanics. By restoring proper alignment and function of the spine, chiropractic care can help reduce stress on the respiratory system, improve lung function, and promote better breathing patterns.
Chiropractors can work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that includes both manual therapies and breathing techniques. This combination is intended to improve breathing mechanics and enhance overall well-being. Book an appointment with Dr. Matt if you are interested in a developing your own, personalized treatment plan.