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How to breathe better

It is a common experience for many physical therapy professionals such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and others to notice that many of their patients suffering from back problems have poor breathing habits. The expansion and contraction of the ribcage with deep inspiration is often abnormal, uneven from left to right  and they often breathe in at a different speed to breathing out. They also tend to suffer from a range of other conditions including cardiovascular, digestive and stress related health issues. An important key in rehabilitating many of these conditions is to get them to breathe more effectively.

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Upper Cross and Lower Cross Syndromes

If your head is positioned forward of normal, if your backside sticks out too much, if you have a weak pendulous abdomen and are pigeon toed- chances are you are suffering from a cross syndrome. What is it? Due to the sedentary nature of life today, most people have some degree of contracture or tightening in the front of their hips. This continuous tight area produces a weak and elongated gluteal (backside) region. Similarly, sitting at a desk with the head forward of normal leads to a contracture of the front of the neck muscles and a reactive spasm in the upper back. A series of further contractures and inhibitions result in a cascade of reactionary muscle imbalances that lead to the posture typically described as both Lower and Upper Cross Syndrome.

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Scheuermanns Disease

Scheuermanns Disease is a condition that affects the discs and vertebrae of the Thoracic Spine (mid back), though the low back is also less commonly affected. Normally, a vertebra is rectangularly shaped, but in Scheuermanns disease, three or more consecutive vertebrae are wedge shaped at the front, which makes the curve increase.

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Scoliosis: a basic guide

Scoliosis is a condition that has been misunderstood, misrepresented and mistreated for many years. This post will help you learn what it is, what it isn't and what you can do to manage it yourself.

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