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.
Increasing the distance from T1-T12 means the torso literally lengthens. Unfolding the torso allows the lungs to more fully expand, which explains why the researchers found this correlated with an increase in lung function – literally, the ability to breathe fully.
Unfolding the torso also allows the head to get in line with the torso, and so overall posture unfolds. Improving the alignment of head and torso also explains why many people report being able to breathe more deeply with doing StrongPosture® Alignment exercise. It also explains why StrongPosture® WallLean, Neck Retractions, ArmsUP and Posture Angels can effectively improve Forward Head Breathing (FHB) syndrome.
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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