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Doctor insights on: How Your Diaphragm Help You Breathe

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How does your diaphragm help you breathe?

How does your diaphragm help you breathe?

Like a bellows: The diaphragm is a muscle. When it contracts it moves downward creating negative pressure in the lungs and causing air to enter the lungs. When it relaxes, positive pressure is created in the lungs, causing air to be expelled. When part of the diaphragm does not work it is difficult to breathe. ...Read more

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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


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How to breathe from your diaphragm?

How to breathe from your diaphragm?

Breath down...: Diaphragm is big muscle between chest and abdomen.Helps us breath. Singers breath more to upper chest and dancers low under diaphragm " to the belly" It helps strengthen core for balance. If you relax and place your hand over stomach- try relax shoulder - deep breath by nose as pushing against your hand. You should feel muscle extending and strengthening . Excellent exercise . Try dance' ( Tango) ...Read more

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How to breathe through using my diaphragm to relax?

How to breathe through using my diaphragm to relax?

Practise: Go to a beginner yoga class and pirates class to start. They will help you and you can practice. ...Read more

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What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

Difficulty breathing: Although the diaphragm is one organ, both sides act almost independently, but they need each other for perfect breathing. A nerve on each side of the heart makes the diaphragm move. If that nerve is injured, that particular side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, making breathing difficult. This may be fixed by a surgery called diaphragm plication, performed by a thoracic surgeon. ...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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My breath and my diaphragm was pulling inwards anyway, and now my chest hurts like crazy. I was wondering, can you hurt yourself like that?

My breath and my diaphragm was pulling inwards anyway, and now my chest hurts like crazy. I was wondering, can you hurt yourself like that?

Not sure: Not sure if you are referring to self induced protracted inspirtory efforts, or just normal deep breathing exercises. Usually would not be sufficient to 'injure ' yourself, though abnormal induced respirations may be strenous on your intercostal muscles. ...Read more

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Can you get more oxygen if you breath with your diaphragm instead of lungs?

Can you get more oxygen if you breath with your diaphragm instead of lungs?

No: The main breathing muscle is the diaphragm. That together with the other breathing muscles between your ribs brings air in the lungs where the oxygen gets into the blood. It is the same air, no matter how you breathe. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What could cause the top of my chest to hurt when i breathe into my diaphragm?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Pain pain pain! hurts in the back of my neck, along shoulder blades and diaphragm when i breath deep. What is this?

Pain pain pain! hurts in the back of my neck, along shoulder blades and diaphragm when i breath deep. What is this?

See orthopedist: Commonly, shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Ribcage/chest pain can be from rib joints. Sometimes, trigger point steroid injection of the shoulder balde bursitis can be helpful along with physical therapy, and medications such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. See an orthopedist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more