By Susi Hately, B.Sc. Kinesiology
Breathing is such an incredible part to healing and it is a vital part of developing core stability. Surgery, as it relates to tissue that attaches to the rib cage – whether it has to do with lymph nodes, breast or lung tissue, or any incision around the rib cage or belly will impact how the myofascia around the rib cage functions and affects breathing. Likewise, surgery around the pelvis, including prostate, uterus, bladder, colon or tumors wrapped around arteries or veins, can impact the function of the pelvic floor.
The good news is that core stability can be improved, and tissue can change, especially if you don’t force it. And, if you breathe easily while you are being active and move with as little compensation as you can, change can occur quickly, and steadily.
A key feature is your breathing. Many people will hold their breath when they move, and this simple act of breath-holding will impact your core. And if you don’t know what constitutes core work, don’t worry. If you breathe well when you move you are on the right track. But, if you hold your breath while you are moving, you won’t be improving your core. Instead, you will be enhance your ability to brace and be rigid. Honestly, that doesn’t bode well for recovery and healing.
This is a double lesson about improving stability and strength, while also building effortless effort and ease.