Rib and Diaphragm Adhesions and Massage Therapy

Part of what has come about after the Visceral Manipulation course that I took was an awareness of the manifestations of rib immobility, diaphragm adhesions, stress and the ability of the body to remain properly oxygenated. In the ideal world, the ribs are free of restriction allowing movement upwards and ourwards and the diaphragm free of obstructions, during inspiration, allowing the body to bring in oxygen to allow the exchange of O2 and CO2 and eventually getting rid of the CO2.
This immobility occurs most often due to stress, abdominal compression during prolonged sitting and similar, trauma, post surgical effects to the surrounding area, habitual shallow breathing and pathologies/scarring to the organs/muscles in the immediate area.
Part of the valuable training that we received is the assessment, and correction of these fixations/adhesion. This is an important treatment as it allow the body to oxygenate without overcompensations from muscles that should not normally be muscles of breathing.
An example would be to test how deep of a natural breath you can take without your shoulders raising. Very often, the shoulders raising is an example of compensations occurring when full rib movement/diapragm movement is not available. Shoulder raising can be misinterpreted by the brain and a defensive response to an external stress kicking in negative nervous system triggers including shallowing breathing so it can be a vicious cycle.
Compressions/fixations of the front abdominal area over a long period of time can also cause an abnormal spine curvature.
The first treatment is as assessment as to if you are needing this treatment so that you are not getting anything that is not needed.
Tips are also given, depending on what you do during your day to allow you to retrain your body to take deeper, more relaxed breaths so that you can maintain the benefits of the treatment over a long period.
So in the spirit of this entry, that is the long-winded version.

2 thoughts on “Rib and Diaphragm Adhesions and Massage Therapy

  1. Who do we see to get help with this issue. Is it a dr or a certain type of massage therapist? Thank you.

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