What is Paradoxical Breathing?

What is diaphragm?

What are the symptoms of paradoxical breathing?

  • Trouble catching breath
  • Fast heart rate
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Chest pain or weakness
  • Excessive sleepiness, also known as narcolepsy
  • Fatigue, or exhaustion that sleep does not alleviate
  • Wake up often at night
  • Poor athletic performance

What causes it?

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How to solve the contradiction of breathing?

  • Your abdomen (stomach) expands outward
  • Your chest and shoulders are still
  • You don’t feel your chest moving — especially not moving up
  • Your abdomen retracts into your spine (deflates)
  • Your chest and shoulders are still
  • You don’t feel your chest moving — especially not moving down
  • Using the correct breathing pattern above, first take a deep breath and count to four
  • Hold your breath and count to four
  • Slowly, exhale to the count of four
  • Hold your breath again for a count of four

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