Improving your mobility through breathing
When we assess shoulder neck, shoulder and upper back mobility with our clients, we also
assess the way the person moves through the trunk and this often includes if the person is
breathing well enough.
The diaphragm attaches from your T12, L1, and L2 vertebrae and is tethered to the rib cage,
and internal abdominal wall.
When you breathe in, the diaphragm actually descends down into the belly and when you
exhale, the diaphragm pushes the air out by rising up into the rib cage.
Diaphragmatic breathing has a role in relaxation, decreasing overuse of the shoulders and neck
when breathing and helps to “massage” the visceral organs.
Rib breathing helps to expand the rib cage. Think of your trunk like an accordion. Breathing in
expands the ribs apart and exhaling pulls them back in. Because the ribs attach to your upper
back and linked to your shoulder blade, mobilizing the ribs will inadvertently help improve your
If you have shoulder, neck or upper back soreness, call us and book an appointment! We will
assess your situation thoroughly, create an Action Plan for your progress!
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