If you’re like most people, you’ve probably experienced times when you were so stressed that you felt like you were losing control. Then someone came along and said, “Just breathe!” You may not realize that when you’re stressed, your breathing changes and breaths come less frequently. In a stressed state your breath rhythm gets all out of whack!
The control centers for breathing are located in your brainstem, which is the switchboard that passes messages back and forth between your brain and other parts of your body. That’s why, when you’re having a stress response, you’re only using about 4% of your brain’s capability. The right and left hemispheres, and specifically the frontal lobe, that help you stay calm, cool and collected, shut down. The hemispheres make up 85% of your brain. That’s a lot of brain you’re not using!
Studies have shown that deep, rhythmic breathing contributes to improved oxygen consumption, improved heart rate and improved blood pressure. In addition, your parasympathetic activity (your rest and digest system) increases, accompanied by the experience of alertness and reinvigoration. The rhythm of your breathing can also influence neural activity that enhances memory recall and emotional judgement. That’s because you’re getting that extra 85% of brain power back.
At Beyond Chiropractic you can learn about your unique healing breath wave. This wave produces the deep rhythmic breathing described above. It’s also unique to you and associated with neural pathways that help you learn and grow. As this unique wave emerges, it is an indicator that your body is getting reconnected, which is associated with greater adaptability to stress, more energy, better decision making and greater authenticity.
The best part is that you don’t have to do any additional work to get there. However, you may decide to utilize mindfulness techniques, yoga and improved breathing strategies, as a direct benefit to improved mind/body alignment. With the gentle, specific touching you receive along your spine, when you partner with Beyond Chiropractic for your health care, your breath wave begins to happen automatically.
So, the next time you’re feeling stressed out, stop, take a second, and just breathe. Then, arrange to come see us at Beyond Chiropractic, and see how Network Spinal Analysis can lead you to a life of optimal health! Your brain, body, and life will thank you!