What is the diaphragm?

The diaphragm is the most efficient muscle for breathing. It’s a large, dome-shaped muscle located at the base of your lungs. Your abdominal muscles help move the diaphragm and give you more power to empty your lungs.

What is diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing helps you use your diaphragm correctly while breathing to:

  • Strengthen the diaphragm.
  • Decrease the work of breathing by slowing your breathing rate.
  • Decrease oxygen demand.
  • Use less effort and energy to breathe.

During diaphragmatic breathing, you consciously use your diaphragm to take deep breaths. When you breathe normally, you don’t use your lungs to their full capacity. Diaphragmatic breathing allows you to use your lungs at 100% capacity to increase lung efficiency.

What are other names for diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing is also known as:

  • Abdominal breathing
  • Belly breathing

What are the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing offers several benefits to your body including:

  • Helping you relax
  • Improving muscle function during exercises and preventing strain
  • Increasing how much oxygen is in your blood
  • Making it easier for your body to release gas waste from your lungs
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Reducing heart rate

Practice diaphragmatic breathing 2-5 times a day for a few minutes each tine.