17,280 Ways you are provoking your neck pain

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17,280 Ways you may be provoking your neck pain

 belly breathing

There are a few simple tasks we must do to survive. However one of these, when done incorrectly,  is making our neck pain worse. What is this simple task?


 The average person takes a minimum of 12 breaths per minute. That means you will take a minimum of 720 breaths per hour and a minimum of 17,280 breaths per day. If you are doing this incorrectly, this can provoke your neck and back pain substancially.

 As time goes by, people often evolve to becoming a chest breather instead of a belly breather. Every time a chest breather takes a breath, 2 things negatively happen. The first is the muscles in your neck, upper back and chest have to contract to pull your ribs out and allow you to breath in. This might not seem like much however if you compare it to bending your elbow, as you would to do a bicep curl, the accumulation of repetitions will become tiring. This fatigue in the upper back, neck and chest becomes provoked and can cause the neck pain we sit at our computers, watching tv or walking around the house.

The other major consequence of chest breathing is you do not get a full breath. Breathing through your chest does not allow your diaphragm to fully contract and allow your lungs to fully inflate. When this is done 17,280 times and your lungs are only giving you approximately 80% of the air you could inhale and you may begin feeling unnecessarily tired and malaise.


But what is the fix?


The best fix is practice. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Put your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your stomach. Focus on taking a deep breath by pushing out into your left hand as far as possible while your right hand, on your chest, does not move. Do this for 1 minute and repeat 3 times per day.



Once you have enough practice, breathing through your stomach becomes natural and your neck pain can begin to diminish now that your neck muscles aren’t working overtime.