How to Influence Respiratory Musculature Through Massage Therapy and Applied Kinesiology

KATE MONTGOMERY


1995 CONFERENCE PAPER


For the 1000’s of people who are labeled Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients, breathing is all they think about. There are two parts to being able to breathe efficiently: 1. Correct and erect posture, and 2. The muscles that are over-worked due to the effort of each muscle that assists in the respiratory phase. As a respiratory therapist for 12 years, most of my patients could not stand up straight, which affected their breathing capacities. Due to improper posture, structural and muscular misalignment soon became an issue. With each breath, the strain on the muscles will create fatigue, eventual trigger points and muscle spasms which leads to pain. Pain will keep a person from breathing fully. If the posture muscles that support our structure and help us to breathe are released, muscle tension and pain can be alleviated and the breathing capacity can possibly be increased. Breathing seems so easy for most of us, but for those who have asthma, bronchitis and emphysema one breath means a different quality of life.


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