Well, the diaphragm is one of those things we hear about a lot but might not fullyÂ understand its importance and if we should get it treated by a therapist
What is the Diaphragm?
To give a brief overview, our diaphragm is simply a muscle. Just like the muscles inÂ our arm, it contracts and relaxes to create movement on the muscleâ€™s attachmentÂ site. However, unlike a simple muscle on our arm, this muscle is large, dome-shaped muscle, attaches inside our ribcage and is very difficult to palpate.Â When the it contracts, it descends, pushing onto our abdominal organsÂ and creates space in the chest where the lungs are. This space creates a pressureÂ change to force air into our lungs for inhalation. When our diaphragm relaxes, theÂ muscle ascends as we exhale air out of our body. So, instead of bringing that coffeeÂ from the table to our mouth, it helps us breathe.