Why you should breathe through your nose and how to breathe properly

By | February 28, 2020


Why you should breathe through your nose

It sounds so simple but the function of the respiratory system and the rib cage is key to optimal function of the body as whole.Firstly for respiration/nervous/parasympathetic system and then the musculoskeletal system. Anecdotally in the past from  colleagues I would have heard how important the ribcage is…now I have no doubt and I see the results in my clinic.

How many times have you caught yourself sighing and breathing through you mouth?-especially when you find out that the deadline has been moved from next week to tomorrow!So here’s the thing when you breath through your mouth you activate the neck muscles(scom/scalenes) as accessory to breathing.. as they tighten rib cage elevation is less and full inflation of the lungs is lost. Nasal breathing-when you breathe through your nose it goes down deeper with no activation of these muscles..when breathing out exhalation should take longer…..try 5 cycles now and see can you exhale/breath out as long as you can…………feel better?!…..What you have done now is really kick started a nice vital breathing pattern, as well as affecting all the systems above you have;

How to breathe properly

Breathing in:


  • Elevates the ribcage
  • Diaphragm
  • descends the pelvic floor muscles
  • Transverse abdominis
  • relaxed rectus abdominals
  • Breathing out:
  • depresses the ribcage
  • ascends the pelvic floor
  • activates the abdominals
  • activates the obliques
  • relaxes the back muscles

So there could be a good reason why your neck and back are tight…yes your job and stress!…but the breathing pattern could be big takeaway here.

Here in this short video using Charlie(skeleton)I explain more




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