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Doctor insights on: How To Strengthen The Diaphragm Muscle

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What foods can strengthen muscles as I can't exercise I have divericulation of abdomen recti and slight herniation. Dr.S?

What foods can strengthen muscles as I can't exercise I have divericulation of abdomen recti and slight herniation. Dr.S?

See a surgeon!: A diastasis of the rectus muscles (no such thing as a diverticulation of abdomen recti) should not Prohibit you from exercising! A hernia may but that can be fixed. Go see a general surgeon about your hernia. It can be fixed, and then 6 weeks later, you can get back to full physical activity! ...Read more

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Is the diaphragm a voluntary or involuntary muscle?

Is the diaphragm a voluntary or involuntary muscle?

Both: Hi. The diaphragm is under conscious and unconscious control (fortunately!). ...Read more

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Why can you see the diaphragm on an x-ray, but you can't see other skeletal muscles?

Why can you see the diaphragm on an x-ray, but you can't see other skeletal muscles?

Contrast: We see things on x-ray when structures with different x-ray densities are next to each other. So, the diaphragm is a water density that is next to the lung which is air density. With a good quality image we can make out general muscle contours and sometimes more if there is a lot of fat next to them. Great question!
Do you see the air in the stomach in the picture? ...Read more

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What are the accessary muscles and how do I use them to breathe without the diaphragm?

What are the accessary muscles and how do I use them to breathe without the diaphragm?

Muscles on chest: The main muscles of respiration are the diaphragm and rib muscles. When the body senses the need to breathe deeper or harder, the muscles attached to the clavicles and shoulders are recruited. This usually only happens in cases of respiratory distress. Also, you could consider the nostril muscles as accessory muscles as they flare in similar circumstances, trying to get more air into the lungs. ...Read more

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Soreness in diaphragm area muscle pain or GI issues?

Soreness in diaphragm area muscle pain or GI issues?

See below: It could be either---a doctor needs to exam in order to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Can dystonia affect muscles such as the heart or diaphragm, or other organs?

Can dystonia affect muscles such as the heart or diaphragm, or other organs?

No.: Dystonias manifest as abnormal posturing, pain, cramps, or smacking. They do not directly affect the heart or diaphragm. ...Read more

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The center of my chest (diaphragm area) is very tender to the touch. No other obvious symptoms. Can you overwork muscle or connective tissue there?

The center of my chest (diaphragm area) is very tender to the touch. No other obvious symptoms. Can you overwork muscle or connective tissue there?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the joints between the ribs and the sternum. It can be caused by injury or overactivity and usually responds to rest and nsaids. However, if you have other medical problems such as high blood pressure, or if there are other symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness, you should see your doctor to make sure that the pain is not related to the heart. ...Read more

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What would happen in the blood as a result of an increased contraction rate of the diaphragm and rib cage muscles?

What would happen in the blood as a result of an increased contraction rate of the diaphragm and rib cage muscles?

This would be hyperv: -entilation, , it would result in lower CO2, which leads 2 molecular exchanges that result in a person to loose consciousness. ...Read more

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How do you fix musculoskeletal tension from bad asthma and anxiety? When I try to breathe deep through the diaphragm my back muscles always hurt.

Control asthma: Your anxiety will improve once your asthma is controlled well. And your muscle pain will resolve once you can breathe better. You really need to see an allergist and get back on track to good health. ...Read more

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What kind of test can show my diaphragm motion (doc suspects it is very contracted and unable to fully relax)because I have general muscle rigidity?

What kind of test can show my diaphragm motion (doc suspects it is very contracted and unable to fully relax)because I have general muscle rigidity?

Diaphragm: Chest xray with inpiration and expiration. Xray with lungs fully inflated- inhale deeply, and x ray with lungs deflated- fully exhaled ...Read more

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Have a bad back/neck but worried as stiff ribs/diaphragm causing SOB. Can move all other body parts. Is this muscle skeletal, phrenic nerve, other?

Have a bad back/neck but worried as stiff ribs/diaphragm causing SOB. Can move all other body parts. Is this muscle skeletal, phrenic nerve, other?

SOB: Hi SoniaJ155, it really depends what has caused the sore ribs, bad back. If you have had a recent trauma, inflammation of the ribs can cause them to be sore. It can also hurt with inspiration thus causing SOB. Phrenic nerve palsy is not that common, but if you have had trauma to your neck, then injury is possible. A 'sniff' test can be ordered by your doctor to test your diaphragm. Hope that helps ...Read more

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How do I reverse the affects of forward head posture and upper back muscle tension on my breathing. I can't breathe through my diaphragm.

How do I reverse the affects of forward head posture and upper back muscle tension on my breathing. I can't breathe through my diaphragm.

Physiotherapy: Perhaps the most efficient way to learn proper techniques to achieve appropriate posture and reverse any deformity would be a consultation with a physiotherapist. One can learn the exercises which have proven effective in correcting abnormalities and improving your breathing status. ...Read more

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How do I open my chest for better breathing? Years of anxiety/stress have caused my chest muscles and diaphragm to tighten and its hard to breathe.

How do I open my chest for better breathing? Years of anxiety/stress have caused my chest muscles and diaphragm to tighten and its hard to breathe.

Yoga therapy: There are therapeutic yoga teachers who might be able to help you with this. There are specific breathing practices which you could learn, and possibly help you shift your breathing patterns. There is practice involved. Google "yoga therapy" or "therapeutic yoga" and you will find many references -- some with search engines for local practitioners. Good luck. ...Read more

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Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Get in today: Dyspnea (shortness of breath) that is wearing you out needs immediate evaluation. This is a serious medical problem that is not in your head. There are many potential causes of dypnea that leads to accessory muscle use, but you need to find out what yours is and treat it if possible. ...Read more

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Stretching pain when arching back, right hand side of diaphragm/stomach area eventually radiates to lower back. Pulled muscle? Something more serious?

Stretching pain when arching back, right hand side of diaphragm/stomach area eventually radiates to lower back. Pulled muscle? Something more serious?

Musculoskeletal: A young female with right sub costal pain that is intermittent and possibly positional, with hyperextension of the spine, needs to consider vertebral spine disorder like a facet joint condition with a referred pain pattern. Another common explanation is gallbladder disorder. Feverishness and/or constancy of symptoms would arouse concern for urgent evaluation. A doctor can discern. ...Read more

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Experiencing muscle spasms under left breast diaphragm area as well as tenderness in back of upper left back, with a lot of burping. Lung congestion to?

Experiencing muscle spasms under left breast diaphragm area as well as tenderness in back of upper left back, with a lot of burping. Lung congestion to?

See your physician: Say "pain", not "muscle spasm"; you may unintentionally mislead your physician. Any upper abdominal pain with upper back pain radiation is suspicious for pancreatic pain. While it can be a benign gastroduodenitis, you must not miss a more serious diagnosis, like pancreatitis, or a duodenal ulcer penetrating into the head of the pancreas. See your physician. ...Read more

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Is diaphragmatic hernia surgery/diaphragm hole repair an outpatient surgery?

Is diaphragmatic hernia surgery/diaphragm hole repair an outpatient surgery?

Maybe: If you have a simple sliding hiatal hernia repaired laparoscopically you can frequently be discharged the same day. If you have a more complex paraesophageal or foramen of bochdalek hernia expect to be admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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For the last few days I'm felling pain on my abdomen muscles when I press it. Sometimes on the left side, sometimes on the right upper side. What it be?

For the last few days I'm felling pain on my abdomen muscles when I press it. Sometimes on the left side, sometimes on the right upper side. What it be?

B sure= muscle: B sure it = muscle. By top u mean near rib cage? Do a double leg lift while on ur back. This= tighten abd muscles, now palate the area. If it is sore it usually = muscle as the underlying abd organs are protected. If not still sore it needs md eval. Still sore could b due to exercise, strain from use. If strain ice nsaids otc, activity modification. If persists c ur pcp. Strain=improving soon. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of a diaphragmatic muscle spasm?

What are the consequences of a diaphragmatic muscle spasm?

Hiccup: The common hiccup (hiccough) is simply a repetitive spasm of one-half of the diaphragm. Incomplete respiration and chest pain. The condition although painful and annoying, is rarely long-standing or serious. ...Read more

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Will walking (2 miles in 30 minutes) make a muscle tear in abdomen worse?

Will walking (2 miles in 30 minutes) make a muscle tear in abdomen worse?

It shouldn't...: That's a leisurely pace and you shouldn't be stressing your torn abdominal muscles too severely. The only thing that might make it more difficult is walking up or down an incline. And you could always try to do one mile first... ...Read more

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What would a torn muscle in the abdomen feel like? What about a torn ligament?

What would a torn muscle in the abdomen feel like? What about a torn ligament?

Sore: Tears in the abdominal muscle layers can be seen in trauma, sports injury, and due to post surgical hernias from weight gain or strain. There will be a distinct area of soreness.
Your surgeon can evaluate your complaints with a manual exam and imaging.
Skeletal ligaments are attached to bone, and not a concern in the stomach wall. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to build muscles at my butt, legs, and abdomen. What exercices sould I do?

See details: There are many exercises you can do. Squats and lunges are very effective. Knee extensions, leg presses and hamstring exercises are also helpful. Get to a gym and get motivated. ...Read more

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What is the muscle in abdomen that can cause a man to lose an erection?

What is the muscle in abdomen that can cause a man to lose an erection?

None: Erection and loss of it are controlled by vascular flow, not by abdominal muscles. Arterial inflow is increased to bring blood into the penis, while veins are blocked by valves to keep it in. After climax, those valves are relaxed to let the blood out and the inflow slows back to baseline. E.D. Can be caused by several factors including vascular disease, neurologic issues, and many medications. ...Read more

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I been exercise abs for 2 days and my muscles abdomen painful it is normal?

Yes: Yes, thus the expression "no pain, no gain". Lactic acid us commonly produced in anaerobic conditioning and can cause muscles to burn after a workout. As your muscles become more conditioned, they operate more efficiently and this will then usually occur less. ...Read more

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How to determine if I pulled a muscle in my abdomen or is it something else?

History and physical: Generally a pulled muscle will have an associated incident, such as an impact injury, fall, etc. A pulled muscle should have localized and superficial pain, whereas intra-abdominal pathology generally will be deeper and may be more diffuse/vague. Do see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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What can I do to regain my strength and abdomen muscles after major surgery?

What can I do to regain my strength and abdomen muscles after major surgery?

PT: You need to have your doctor prescribe a physical therapy evaluation to help you develop a program that will conform to your surgical healing as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel a ball that I assumed to be a part of my abdomen muscles. It will hide and I can pinch it and break it apart (doesn't hurt when touched.

Needs evaluation..: This could be related to many different things: hernia, lipoma (fat mass), tumor, among others. This requires direct exam and possible testing as necessary. My recommendation is to go and see a doctor for check up and final diagnosis. ...Read more

Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more