Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing involves the adequate contraction of the diaphragm while breathing in. Many people tend to overuse the muscles of the neck during respiration, which can lead to negative consequences:

 - pain in the neck and upper back due to excess muscle tension and stiffness in the spine and ribs
- a reduction in oxygen intake by the lungs due to the insufficient contraction of the diaphragm, which acts as a pump
- pain in the low back and the pelvic area resulting from a decrease in diaphragmatic contraction, which can contribute to a lack of muscular stabilization in the back and the pelvic region

A method for practicing diaphragmatic breathing:

- place the hands on the abdomen
- take a deep and slow breath through the nose while applying a light pressure on the abdomen with the hands to stimulate contraction of the diaphragm
- exhale slowly through the mouth

For further information, you can contact me at 514-934-2334 ext 509.

Pain and the Connectivity of Different Parts of the Body

Recently, I was treating a patient who had knee pain and difficulty doing certain sports activities. Radiological exams did not reveal any lesions in the knee. During the physiotherapy assessment, the knee pain could not be elicited. However, I found a muscle weakness in the hip/gluteal area as well as a significant lack of joint mobility in the foot. Thus, my clinical impression is that the issues in the hip and the foot were contributing to the knee pain, since the entire leg like other regions of the body functions as a whole, like a chain. In the end, without having to directly treat the knee, we succeeded in eliminating the pain and in significantly improving his athletic performance. In conclusion, in certain cases, the factors contributing to pain in a specific part of the body can originate from elsewhere due to the connectivity of various areas.

Physiotherapy and Sex

Although sex is often a delicate and even a taboo subject, it is a significant part of human life and activity. With regards to physiotherapy, it is the "activity" aspect that is pertinent. Sexual intercourse involves most of the body, from the head to the feet. Musculoskeletal pain and nerve-related symptoms (tingling, numbness) can hinder sexual acts or be aggravated by the latter. As a health care professional, helping people improve their sex life by treating biomechanical issues forms part of the clinical skills of the physiotherapist. For more information, you can contact me at 514-934-2334 ext 286.