May 31, 2017
Monika Morgillo Fidyk
Many people know that Osteopaths treat musculoskeletal problems like low back pain, or knee injuries, but we also treat conditions like heartburn.
How an Osteopath can treat a heartburn?- the answer is simple when we understand anatomy and function of diaphragm.
What is Diaphragm?
Diaphragm is a large skeletal muscle situated in lower portion of a rib cage.
It is shaped like a parachute and it is a primary respiration muscle.
What it means is that during inhalation the muscle contracts and flattens downward, lowering pressure in rib cage to draw the air into the lungs and create a space for lungs to expand.
During exhalation the muscle returns to its parachute shape and helps with reduction of volume in rib cage and allows the air to leave the lungs.
Diaphragm muscle has also 3 openings to allow tube like structures to pass through between thoracic and abdominal cavities:
1. Caval Hiatus, where inferior vena cava returns blood from lower part of body towards heart.
2. Aortic hiatus, where ao...
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
May 2017 (1)