Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

April 21, 2018

Breathing through the nose…

There are more Posts on this Blog about breathing than I can count, but here is new research with interesting linkages to our tai chi practices (basic breathing to relax instructions take place in the first session). In particular, breathing through the nose. This study may add more to the emotional connection. Whatever the scientific details and revelations, nothing could be more basic, more simple, or more profound than correct breathing (and using correct breathing to manage stressful situations).

One way to get a sense of the significance is to look at the Post on mouth breathing. Learning the implications of the extremes in one direction will help impress you of the importance of proper practice.

Summary: Olfactory system neurons appear to play a role in the connection between rhythmic breathing and emotional regulation, researchers report.

Source: University of Pennsylvania.


November 15, 2017

What We Know Verses What There Is To Know



Here research is cites which sheds even more light on the value and importance of breathing as it relates to health.

It is thrilling to learn more and to know; it is humbling to realize that no matter how much we know, we know very very little.

July 29, 2017

The Importance of Breath

“For many people it seems difficult to believe that changing breathing patterns can have such significant impact on mental and physical health. Not to mention performance and recovery.
It is the lowest hangning fruit and very few poeple are picking it. Instead many are looking for complicated methods or become dependent of pharmaceuticals.”

– Paul Silfverstrale, Wudang Practical Tai Chi Chuan

Here is his recent Blog Post entitled Nasal Breathing: https://wudangtaichichuan.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/tai-chi-chuan-qi-nasal-breathing/

It compliments, perfectly, all that I have said on this Blog on the subject, including the very recent Post on mouth breathing (the problem).

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video (Breathing!)

It is amazing where and from whom you learn the most important stuff: in this case it was while having my teeth cleaned.

What I like about this video is that, first, tai chi is never mentioned one time. And second, all of this wisdom and life-changing advice flows naturally in the learning and practice of… tai chi!

The last thing about this video that makes it priceless is that you are not hearing any of it from me. If you have heard it all from me in the past, perhaps this video will impress upon you the value of the information. If not, please take every word seriously – she makes one technical, little tiny, mistake, but the message is huge and everyone needs to hear it. You especially need to hear it if you plan to deliver via C-section, plan not to breast feed, or plan to feed your baby cow products… or if any of the above happened to you. (I know, you are wondering how and if all of those things are really related. They are.) Enjoy this amazingly important presentation.

March 31, 2017

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 12:02 pm

This is from Neuroscience News…

Breathing is basic. Better breathing is healthy. Access to breath control through training is access to relaxation. (We could go on all day about that by itself, and on this Blog I have – if you search the terms you will find many Posts). And relaxation is key to stress management on many many levels. (Right now I am reading The Unthinkable, where the importance of breath control is highlighted as the primary means of controlling fear in an emergency situation.)

September 22, 2013

From the Yoga Journal, October, 2013


be here now

“According to new research done at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis focusing on the present moment can significantly reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. ‘If you start rehashing the past or worrying about the future, try drawing your attention back to the present by focusing on the sensations of your own breath,’ recommends lead author Tonya L Jacobs.”

Notice that she said the “sensations” of the breath.

Notice that she talking about drawing “your attention” back to the present…

One of the things that happens with people in pain (think back pain in the case of many of our patients) is that their breathing gets altered in negative ways. That becomes a habit (unconscious). Later, whether they are in pain or not, their breathing is still affected, and now it is causing subtle problems that eventually become not-so-subtle.

Another thing that commonly (almost always) happens with people who experience back pain, especially long term back pain, is that they are not relaxed and they are unable to will themselves to relax. Proper breathing is the key that opens the door to relaxation.

The secret (actually, the secret is out!) to breathing properly and to eventually relaxing (clear into any conversation about medication) is to NOTICE the breath. Just notice for starts. Draw your attention back to just noticing.

You can do this in the car on the way to/from work. You can do it at home while watching TV. You can do it while on your walks. And you can do it while laying in bed before going to sleep or when you wake up.

Anyone can do this. It’s profound. You will get better and better at it. Eventually you will be able to move on to more challenging practices like abdominal breathing and bracing.

Doing this will help with your recovery.

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