The Two Roles of the Diaphragm for Chiropractic Care, Rehab and Sports Performance
Sunday May 22


SPEAKER: Robert “Skip” George DC, CCSP, CSCS, PRC

Sponsored by: Postural Restoration Institute

As chiropractors we often look at the posterior exterior muscles of the spine, ribcage, scapulae, sacrum and pelvis as part of our rehabilitation considerations for spinal care.  How often do we consider the role of the diaphragm as a muscle that is internal and anteriorly attached to the spine and has a direct effect on alignment of vertebrae along with the position and posture of the entire axial skeleton every time we take a breath?  Do we consider the ribcage as the most dynamic group of bones in the human body driven by pressure regulation and airflow via the diaphragm? 

The two sides of the diaphragm have two separate roles.  Both sides are responsible for respiration and spinal stabilization but the sizes, shapes and the roles they provide aren’t symmetrical .  Over- dominance of roles, depending on the side of the diaphragm, leads to an over-reliance of end ranges for a sense of stability and an imbalance toward one side of the body leading to pain and soft tissue compromise.   Knowing the role of each side of the diaphragm and learning how to balance an inherently asymmetrical system is critical for not only spinal care but sports performance as well.  Breathing is a critical topic in rehabilitation and sports performance as well as chiropractic care for spinal function and health.

This presentation will define the two roles of the diaphragm, the anatomical asymmetries that determine each role and how airflow can be managed into each chamber of the thorax.  Having the ability to identify and treat asymmetrical breathing airflow will not only help your average patient population restore proper alignment, position and posture but will also help any athlete of any level, youth sports to professional athletes or weekend warriors manage their ability to move in a coordinated, balanced and functional manner.