This Body Part is WAY More Important Than We Knew

(THEA BORDENAVE-SANDE, DO, TIMESUNION.COM)

Your diaphragm is a rather remarkable collection of muscle that is most likely more intricate and involved than you realize.

Is there a hole in your diaphragm? Actually, there should be three. ©Lcardoso | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

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There are three large openings (also called apertures) for three main tubes in your body: the vena cava, the aorta, and the esophagus.

You may have already known about the three holes in the diaphragm, but it is unlikely that you realize how strain in your diaphragm can affect the functioning of everything around it.

The list of things that a treated diaphragm helps with is rather long, so we’ll focus on four: breathing, lymphatic drainage, issues with the gastroesophageal junction, and constipation. Gentle osteopathic manipulation to the diaphragm can readily address all of the above issues.

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Mostly likely the first thing you think of when someone says the word diaphragm is breathing. The movement of the diaphragm helps the lungs expand and contract with breathing to aid in bringing in fresh oxygen to the body. You can still breathe even if your diaphragm is strained, as has been demonstrated by

You can still breathe even if your diaphragm is strained, as has been demonstrated by patient after patient, but it is not as full and not as effective.

One of the most common reasons for a strained diaphragm in my office is trauma.

Typically the first thing any of us do when something bad happens in our lives is to gasp, which essentially means we take a deep breath in and hold it. In cases of car accidents, bad falls, or even the traumatic loss of a loved one, that gasp can be enough to strain the diaphragm and restrict its motion for years after.  READ MORE AT TIMESUNION.COM

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