Bad sitting posture with lumbar spine curled forward.

Bad sitting posture with lumbar spine curled forward.

Respiratory issues; could they be connected to our posture? Good or poor breathing habits affect every aspect of our bodies functions, from our nervous system to our digestive efficiency.

I want to introduce you to a muscle all of us have, called the crura. To see where the crura is, swipe to the second picture. This little muscle connects our diaphragm to our lumbar spine (the lowest part of our spine). Yes! I am saying that the crura connects our breathing muscle (diaphragm) to our spine.

So what happens when we move our lumbar spine? Let’s pretend that most of us sit during our day. I know that will be hard to imagine but stay with me. 😉

Crura: Connects Diaphragm to Lumbar Spine.

Crura: Connects Diaphragm to Lumbar Spine.

What’s happening to our spine when we sit? It flexes forward. Essentially we tuck our butts like a scared dog who tucks his tail between his legs. Since we now know that our spine connects to our diaphragm, what do you think happens when we’re curled forward like that?

That’s right, our diaphragm collapses, which makes it hard to breathe effectively. The next post will contain exercises to help adjust your posture, so that you can improve your mental outlook, emotional resilience, capacity to manage stress and physical health (yes our breath impacts all of that!)