Ask yourself the following;


Am I aware of my breath at this moment and if so, how am I breathing right now as I read this?


If you find that you feel as if you can’t fully exhale, that it’s a challenge to take a deep breath, that you tend to hold your breath, are often breathless after talking or that it sometimes hurt when you breathe, then you might have a breathing issue that could be helped with manual osteopathic treatment.


Breath is life. Plain and simple. Any difficulty with breathing will influence many, if not all of the systems of our body whether we are sleeping, resting, walking, exercise, meditating or talking. The quality of our breath can physically affect our mechanics of motion including walking and exercise as well as the health in the soft tissues or even an organ. When not enough oxygen gets to a tissue, whether it is muscular, membranous or even an organ, the nutrition to that area is compromised. Likewise, if not enough exchange occurs at the cellular level, low levels of toxicity can occur impeding the ability of that area to recover. Thus, the biomechanics for inhalation and exhalation greatly affect the overall health of the body via the cellular exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in our tissues through our blood.


From a clinical perspective thus far, almost no patient leaves without some form of treatment for breathing or to the diaphragm. The fast pace of our society laying on levels of super stress will often be a weight to much for the respiratory system to bear. Add to that any past or present history of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy, rib/chest injury and there rests an even stronger cause for a compromised breathing pattern.


Many breathing exercises through meditation, yoga, Pilates and breathing education classes can be helpful, encouraged and assist in improving a disgruntled breath.


Osteopathic manual practice evaluates the whole body, locates and treats the causes of restriction and dysfunction which is often causing the symptom or complaint in the body and can offer improvement and comfort from the above mentioned breathing issues. Using gentle and soft treatment approaches to the thoracic diaphragm, the pelvis, cranium, spine and muscles, the body is assisted in achieving balance. Techniques to release tension in the thoracic diaphragm along with muscle contraction techniques to normalize rib function all aid in the normalization of breathing issues.


A simple breathing exercise:

Inhale for a count of 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, then exhale for 5 seconds.

Repeat this 5 times.


Now, am I aware of my breath at this moment and if so, how am I breathing right now as I read this?


Remember to breathe.


An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, trained at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax or at the European Schools in Germany and Switzerland, now graduates with Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy upon completion of 5 years of study and presentation of a graduate thesis to an international jury.


Mark Aquino is currently enrolled in this 5th and final year at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, ON.


Call the Root Of Health @ 905-845-7668 to book your next appointment.


By Mark Aquino B.Mus., RMT., (Osteopathy – current study)