Just Breathe…

Breathing is an essential function for life; if you stop breathing for long enough, you stop living. Yet, not only is breathing important, but your method or manner of breathing is crucial too. In many country’s health practices, breath training is an integral element; such as in Ayurveda, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and most martial arts. However, in the United States, we don’t really think or talk much about it. Certainly no one teaches us “how” to breathe (unless they are trained in and/or teaching one of these practices). When patients come to see me, especially with lower back pain, I often train them in Diaphragmatic Breathing as a preparation to training their abdominal muscles (the main stabilizers of the upper body). So, why is breathing (or more specifically, how we breathe) so important? … More Just Breathe…

Stressed and Depressed

It’s been almost a month since my last post. The fact that I’ve been more busy lately is my primary excuse. It it also the reason that I am again talking about stress. Chronic stress is a serious problem in our modern society and more and more studies are linking it to a variety of health issues. A recent article from Designs for Health discusses current research showing possible links between chronic stress and major depression.

First, a word on depression. Major Depression is a serious mood disorder, effecting millions of people in the united states and around the world. Greater awareness means that people suffering from … More Stressed and Depressed