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Breathe Your Way to Wellness

You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your breathing. But maybe you should start. The way you breathe can actually have a profound impact on your health.

Research reveals that rhythmic breathing facilitates comfort and healing (Holist Nurs Pract 2007;21:85-8).

Perform this type of breathing by inhaling through the nose, thereby expanding the chest. Exhale through the mouth while contracting the abdominal muscles.

Experts suggest counting to five– slowly — on the inhale and repeating the count on the exhale. Sometimes a bit of mental visualization helps. As you inhale, imagine that your abdomen is inflating like a balloon. “With every long, slow exhalation, you should feel more relaxed.”

Being conscious of your breathing:

  • Sparks stress relief

  • Hastens sweet dreams

  • Decreases reaction time

  • Boosts brain power

  • Hastens heart health

  • Aids antioxidants

  • Acts like a mini-workout

  • Lessens swelling

If you experience periodic breathing problems, contact our office to schedule a full physical examination. Instigators include misalignment of spinal bones (vertebrae), a condition known as vertebral subluxation; allergies; respiratory disease; obesity; anxiety and circulation disorders.


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