The Hidden Connection Between Back Pain and Breathing

Sydney Video Training 6 Comments

Improving the way you breathe is such a simple back care solution that you can easily miss it.

When someone comes to see me with low back discomfort, breathing is where we always begin.

And when it comes to breathing, the diaphragm is your primary breathing muscle, and it’s in charge of many vital movements that happen inside your body.

These vital movements might not be visible to the naked eye but are essential for your overall well-being, especially your spine.

When you breathe, your diaphragm moves to:

  • massage your heart, lungs, and internal organs
  • keep your spine hydrated, supple, and flexible
  • fuel your body with oxygen
  • transport nutrients to all of your soft tissues

I never cease to be amazed by all the intricate and invisible activities going on inside our bodies as we casually go about our daily business.

And, I know, I know, it sounds corny and cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway because it’s also true! Improving how you breathe is a powerful way to help yourself because it’s something you can do on your own to feel better.

So, on that note, today’s video is the first of three centered around breathing, and this one’s all about taking a long breath versus a deep breath.

After you check it out, I’d love to know how it goes and what you discover. Make sure and tell me in the comments below.

With a long breath and a supple spine,

P.S. My diaphragm hasn’t been the only thing working behind the scenes over here; I’ve been working on a new course all about the core. It’s just about ready for you, so stay tuned, and I’ll keep you posted on the details!

About the Author


Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at See you in the studio!

Comments 6

  1. Hi shining Sydney , your videos resonates completely… Thank you !
    I just dit it , and the feeling is : all the spine energized instantly ,and so spreading energy to all back and reaching, all body… amazing good feeling !
    I will love to use it ,in my massages , to share with my clients this amazing benefit for a relaxed , same time energized back !
    Love energy on your way… Thank you !

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been practicing all morning. I have always done what you described in your video when deep breathing. I think I always felt restricted in my neck, shoulders , and rib cage when trying to take a deep breath. By sneaking it past my upper body, it allowed me to really breathe deep. Time will tell to see if it really helps with my lower back.
    I have always needed help learning to breath deeply. Thank you so much

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  3. Sydney, always so helpful and lovely to listen to your guidance. As Tania said, you shine. Thanks so much – looking forward to your next message while benefiting and sharing this one.

    Take care.

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