How the Diaphragm Helps Maintain Proper Posture

How the Diaphragm Helps Maintain Proper Posture

In a previous post, we have discussed the importance of a relaxed diaphragm and how it helps to regulate all of the major internal organs of the body. Often the diaphragm can be constricted due to the forward flexion of the human body, causing problems especially within the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Now we are going to discuss how the diaphragm can help the musculo-skeletal aspect of the body especially when it pertains to maintaining a proper posture.

Anatomically, the lower portion of the diaphragm sits on top of an important muscle known as the iliopsoas muscles. If the diaphragm is expanded to its fullest, the lower portion of it also stretches the iliopsoas muscles. The iliopsoas muscles are play a vital role in supporting the lower back and allowing a person to stand up ‘straight’. Located on both sides of the lower portion of the spine and connecting to the thigh, they play a pivotal role in allowing the upper portion of the body to bend forward along with having the ability to raise the thighs/ legs during movement or sitting.

Iliopsoas muscles can become tight and restricted under many circumstances. The most common cause is that due to our sedentary lifestyle of working in front of a desk or commuting for many hours within a day, we are constantly in a seated position. Due to being in this position for a very long time, the muscle becomes shortened and tightened, causing discomfort in the lower back when a person rises from a seated position and/or has to walk in a ‘bent over’ posture to get any relief of pain from the lower back.

There are many treatment options for this condition ranging from doing stretches to getting acupuncture to properly release any tension of this muscle. One of the simplest things to do is to breathe through the diaphragm or through the stomach. This is an exercise I normally instruct patients after they have had acupuncture to correct both their diaphragm and the iliopsoas muscles. The lower portion of the diaphragm sits above the iliopsoas muscles. Ideally, the person should be laying on the back with them breathing slowly and rhythmically and fully expanding the stomach when inhaling, the iliopsoas muscle is stretched as well. This action should be done at minimum 20 times per day.


Fast Relief Acupuncture has a very safe and effective treatment protocol in assisting/ guiding the body to naturally fix its posture along with the functional improvement of the diaphragm. The treatment consists of properly aligning the patient’s body along by releasing/ relieving any restricted muscles that can hinder a patient from standing upright. It is gentle, effective, and importantly can have long lasting results without the use of chemical substances or invasive surgeries. Call today and get back into the game fast with Fast Relief Acupuncture!

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