The most common and often ignored source of breathing problems is the diaphragm, a muscle between your chest and stomach that helps you breathe. Issues with the diaphragm can cause:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest, shoulder, or abdominal pain
  • Low levels of oxygen in the blood
  • Sleep problems
  • Breathlessness while lying flat
  • Fatigue

Conditions Affect the Diaphragm

  • Hernias – such as congenital diaphragmatic and hiatal hernia
  • Tumors – including lipoma, bronchogenic cysts, thymoma, lung cancer, and mesothelioma
  • Paralyzed Diaphragm – caused by neurological disorders and trauma to the phrenic nerve after surgery, radiation, or tumor

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing, helps use the diaphragm correctly while breathing. In this way, it will help the lungs to:

  • Strengthen the diaphragm
  • Lowers the heart rate
  • Decrease oxygen demand
  • Use less effort and energy to breathe

Other Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

  • Helps you relax, lowering the harmful effects of stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • It will help cope with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Improves muscle stability

How To Do It?

There are some various forms of diaphragmatic breathing, and the basic and simplest one is the following steps:

  • Lie down on a flat surface with a pillow under the head, as it will keep the body in the most comfortable state.
  • Place one hand on the middle of the upper chest and the other on the stomach.
  • To inhale, slowly breathe in through the nose, then down toward the stomach. The stomach should push upward against the hand while the chest is still at ease.
  • To exhale, tighten the abdominal muscles and let the stomach fall downward while exhaling through the lips. Again, the chest should stay still. 

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