Why is breathing so important?
October 23, 2018 FITNESS // See All

The main breathing apparatus structure of the human body is the diaphragm, who’s first primary function is respiration, followed by stabilization and sphincter function. We fall out of the “belly breathing” when we start to mature as humans. When this happens, we start to fall into compensation (such as flaring the ribs and arching our back as a way to strategically stabilize ourselves) and injury is inevitable

A clinical commentary written by Frank et al., stated the following about the role of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) regulation & integrated spinal stabilizing system (ISSS) in functional spinal stability:

“During early postural development, the diaphragm functions primarily as a respiratory muscle. With continued CNS maturation and development to about 4.5 months of age, sagittal plane (front and back) stabilization of the spine, pelvis, and chest is fully established for subsequent movements that occur in the transverse plane, (rolling, turning, creeping, crawling) and eventually the transition to upright posture. The diaphragm begins to fulfill its dual function as both a respiratory and postural muscle when abdominal breathing is coordinated with chest breathing at about 6 months of age. The dual role of the diaphragm is essential for spinal stability and all resultant movements, especially for the complex tasks that comprise athletic performance.”

As we develop, we forget to “retrain our brain” to breathe, stabilize, and move correctly in every day life. This must be retrained. Studies have shown that this is an effective way to stabilize the spine, allowing us to stabilize our body before we move our body.


Nathan Kohlerman is the founder of NeuIntention Health and Wellness and has a strong background in health, wellness, fitness, and sports ranging from mixed martial arts, wrestling, football, and bodybuilding. After overcoming addiction, he served honorably in the United States Army for 5 1/2 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Being a 100% disabled veteran and having to struggle with years of improper guidance, Nathan made it his mission to empower others with the proper tools to live happier, healthier, more intentional lifestyles. His mission to educate, empower, and inspire others on how to live intentional and healthy lifestyles through mind, body, and soul practices and to redefine human optimization entirely.

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