Elongated torso means greater breath capacity
A recent study in the prestigious SPINE journal looked at the effect early onset scoliosis has on breathing. Researchers measured the relationship between a variety of linear radiologic measurements and pulmonary function, essentially looking at a 2D picture of the torso and seeing how much air the patient moves when breathing.
Not surprisingly, further study was suggested to look at a full 3D torso cavity and breathing. However, looking at just a single measure – the distance from T1-T12 – was able to predict pulmonary function.
In other words, shortening of the torso due to spinal distortions results in reduced ability to take a deep breath.
WEINIGER’s CONJECTURE: Unfolding the torso allows the lungs to more fully expand, which may explain why some people report being able to breathe more deeply with doing their StrongPosture® Alignment track exercises.
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Glotzbecker, Michael MD; Johnston, Charles MD; Miller, Patricia MS; Smith, John MD; Perez-Grueso, Francisco Sanchez MD; Woon, Regina MPH; Flynn, John MD; Gold, Meryl BA; Garg, Sumeet MD; Redding, Gregory MD; Cahill, Patrick MD; Emans, John MD (28 May 2014). Is There a Relationship Between Thoracic Dimensions and Pulmonary Function in Early Onset Scoliosis? Spine. Retrieved from http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/publishahead/Is_There_a_Relationship_Between_Thoracic.97170.aspx