Nasal Breathing, Posture & Injury

By February 14, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments
The alignment of the muscles of the jaws and teeth can have a direct impact on an individuals movement and strength.
There exists a relationship between the jaw and breathing through the nose that puts various parts of the body either in a state of perfect alignment or dysfunction. If the system responsible for nasal breathing, chewing, swallowing and production of speech sounds does not function properly, posture, movement and strength will be compromised as a result.
On average we breathe a total of 18,000 times per day and by the age of twelve, we will have taken close to 80 millions breaths.
Every breath of air that comes in through the nose stimulates the sinuses and helps to develop them, which in turn directly promotes the growth of the maxillary (located underneath the sinuses). This development creates the space needed for the teeth to correctly grow.
My colleges and myself are beginning to find a correlation with individuals who have had teeth braces and those who were brought into the world using forceps.
The plates of the skull are extremely soft and pliable at birth and the shape could be altered by the forceps thus narrowing the structure of the face and reducing the space for the teeth to grow correctly.
If over a period of years the child becomes dominant in mouth breathing there will be an under-stimulation of the sinuses and maxillary bone. Therefore, nasal breathing can indirectly impact the growth of their teeth.
If someone continues to be a mouth breather throughout life, the brain will have to adapt to the mouth breathing. The head moves forwards and tilts upwards, rib cage tilts forwards and so does the pelvis.
Posture is modified, causing postural modifications through all 3 planes causing us to become chest breathers instead of stomach breathers using more oxygen and energy to perform the simple day to day task of breathing.
Less oxygen gets to the brain and so we become tired throughout the day and every day movement tasks become more challenging both due to the reduced oxygen and increased postural compensations.
Postural changes lead to certain muscles over working and over time ultimately to injury.
The good news is the brain and central nervous system can be reeducated to bring the body back into balance by reintroducing the lost motions.
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