Trigger Point Therapy - The Diaphragm
How To Assess and Influence Your Breathing
[Greek dia, across; phragma, partition, wall]
See also: Diaphragm and Breathing
Back of xiphoid process (lower tip of sternum). Lower six ribs and their costal cartilages. Upper two or three lumbar vertebrae (L1–L3).
All fibers converge and attach onto a central tendon, i.e. this muscle inserts upon itself.
Forms floor of thoracic cavity. Pulls its central tendon downward during inhalation, thereby increasing volume of thoracic cavity.
Phrenic nerve (ventral rami), C3, 4, 5.
BASIC FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT
Produces about 60% of the breathing capacity.
Diaphragm - Typical Referred Pain Patterns
“Stitch” pain on running, heart/lung issues, anxiety and hyperventilation syndrome, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Asthma, pregnancy (abortion), emotional overload, disc problems in the lower back, running, occupational positions, trauma, weak abdominals, abdominal surgery, anxiety and hyperventilation syndrome, smoking, slumped postures.
Serratus anterior, intercostals, upper part rectus abdominis, arcuate ligaments, obliques.
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