Something to read over the holidays...

Breathing pattern disorders, motor control, and low back pain written by Chaitow is the latest article being passed around PRI.  This article discusses the effects of breathing pattern disorders resulting in a variety of negative psychological, biochemical, neurological and biomechanical influences.

“Breathing pattern disorders (the extreme form of which is hyperventilation), automatically increase levels of anxiety and apprehension, which may be sufficient to alter motor control and to markedly influence balance control. Hyperventilation results in respiratory alkalosis, leading to reduced oxygenation of tissues (including the brain), smooth muscle constriction, heightened pain perception, speeding up of spinal reflexes, increased excitability of the corticospinal system, hyperirritability of motor and sensory axons, changes in serum calcium and magnesium levels, and encouragement of the development of myofascial trigger points – all or any of which, in one way or another, are capable of modifying normal motor control of skeletal musculature.”  To read the rest of this article, click here!

Posted December 23, 2008 at 5:22PM
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