Posture and Lung Function
Do you frequently find yourself out of breath? Were you diagnosed with asthma as a child and have never been able to really take a deep breath because of fear of an attack? Have you found yourself more and more winded doing the same exercises?
The problem may not be with your lungs themselves. The problem may actually be postural! There are centers in your brain and nervous system that send direct nerve signal to the lungs and diaphragm. Studies over the last 100 years have demonstrated that postural distortions weaken these nerves, leading to a decrease in information coming from the spinal cord and nervous system to the lungs.
These postural distortions which weaken the nerves can lead to an overall decrease in expansion of the diaphragm and lungs and can lead to less oxygen perfusion to the tissues. Addressing the postural distortions can strengthen not only the postural muscles that hold us upright, but also allow energy and information to travel more effectively and efficiently to the lungs, thus leading to better breathing.
We use pulse oximetry on every new patient and often we’ll see number that are at or below normal. This tells us that the body is not getting the vital oxygen it needs for the tissues to function the way we want. On the follow-up examinations, we regularly see improvements in the oxygen perfusion. This demonstrates that our care is assisting the lungs in getting more oxygen to the body. I attribute these changes to several factors, including CBP® Structural Rehabilitation, which helps restore normal posture and alignment to the spine, and Powerplate® Physical Therapy, which increases circulation and further strengthens postural muscles. I also attribute many of the improvements we see in oxygenation to our medical weight loss programs due to the measurable changes in visceral fat, which chokes the internal organs.
Our programs are successful in improving the quality of life of our patients as measured by the SF-36 outcome measure, which gives a rating to physical, social and emotional health. It is logical to see that if a person is breathing better, they will have a better quality of life and be able to do the activities they enjoy without a struggle. These important improvements are very common in our office and we are fortunate to have the tools necessary to help improve so many lives.
If you are suffering from poor breathing, poor endurance and strength, or just feel that you are “out-of-shape,” what are you waiting for? We have the tools to help improve your quality of live and get you feeling and breathing better in no time. Call us to see if you are a candidate for our rehabilitation and to see what we can do to change your life for the better!
Dr. Jason W. Haas