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Regrann from @optimize.physiotherapy - The breathing series part 4: fight or flight vs. rest & digest
Breathing directly effects the autonomic nervous system. This is a part of the nervous system that works to regulate bodily functions like heart rate, respiratory rate, digestion, sexual arousal, bladder function etc. This part of the nervous system is largely unconscious or subconscious.
There are 2 main divisions or branches to the autonomic nervous system: sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest & digest). Homeostasis happens when we find an ideal balance between the two branches
Breathing is a way to 'hack' the autonomic nervous system. This is because we have concsious control of our breathing. Deep, slow diaphragmatic breathing sends a signal via the phrenic nerve, telling our brain that we are in a non stressful situation. This directly brings us to the parasympathetic division of the nervous system and out of the sympathetic state
Many people are constantly stressed and in a fight or flight state. By figuring out how to breathe properly and consciously, you can learn to control your nervous system better, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, sleep better, reduce cortisol release, muscle tension, anxiety, etc...
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