The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that separates the lungs and heart from the stomach. Why is it important?
- Its primary purpose is to get air into the lungs by increasing the volume of the thoracic cage and allowing metabolic waste to be excreted.
- This muscle is attached to the vertebrae in the lower part of your back, so if you experience any tensions in that area it is more than likely that you will also suffer from lower back pain.
- This muscle is also attached to the last six ribs, so a lack in mobility would cause soreness under or between the shoulder blades along with possible shoulder pain.
- Furthermore, we can relieve neck pain by treating the diaphragm because there is a link between the diaphragm and the neck through the thorax’s fascia (envelope).
Another important function is to facilitate digestion. In addition, a good mobility of the diaphragm will prevent reflux and hiatus hernia. This muscle allows the body to feed in oxygen & nutrients and then removes metabolic waste. And when there is adequate mobility of the diaphragm, it also optimizes the functioning of the human body with its inhale and exhale cycles so to alleviate neck and back pain along with digestive problems.