Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

Chiropractic Watertown WI Breathe Easy

The respiratory system is a vital part of our overall well-being, enabling us to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Yet, it often goes unnoticed until it’s compromised. With the increasing levels of air pollution and respiratory illnesses, it’s crucial to prioritize the health of our respiratory system. The respiratory system consists of several components that work in unison to ensure our survival. At the core of it all are the lungs, the powerhouse responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Encased within the chest cavity, the lungs are made up of millions of tiny air sacs called alveoli. Surrounded by a network of blood vessels, these alveoli provide a vast surface area for gas exchange. In this article, we’ll explore some simple yet effective ways to take care of your lungs and breathe easy in Beaver Dam WI and Watertown WI.

  1. See a Chiropractor. Our rib cage wraps around the front and back of our bodies to help protect the lungs. When the joints of the rib cage aren’t moving, it causes shortness of breath and possibly pain upon breathing. Having good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping can greatly prevent restrictive motion in the rib joints.
  2. Practice Proper Breathing: the majority of people breath with their chest and not their stomach. Sounds kind of strange, but there is a muscle called the diaphragm that is in control of our lung function. It sits at the bottom of our ribs and expands our abdomen when we breathe. If only your ribs move when you are breathing and not your stomach area, then you are only taking in small amounts of air. If the body doesn’t receive enough oxygen, it can lead to other problems such as dizziness or sore muscles.
  3. Exercise Regularly: Regular physical activity strengthens your respiratory system by helping increase lung capacity and the amount of oxygen you breathe in. Engaging in activities such as brisk walking, bicycling, or swimming can help to promote deep breathing and better lung function.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water is essential for maintaining respiratory health. Proper hydration keeps the mucous membranes in your airways moist, facilitating the removal of irritants and reducing the risk of respiratory infections. Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water per day to ensure optimal hydration.
  5. Avoid Air Pollution: We’re pretty much aware of how bad smoking, car exhaust, and industrial pollution is for our lungs, but there are other chemicals you may be exposing yourself to. Household cleaners and cosmetics that spray into the air such as hairspray or cleaning sprays. Candles also have an impact on your lungs. If you’re not breathing in only fresh air, you are decreasing the health of your lungs.

By following these simple guidelines, you can protect your lungs and breathe easy. Avoiding tobacco smoke, maintaining clean indoor air, protecting yourself from outdoor pollution, exercising regularly, and staying hydrated are all crucial steps in caring for your respiratory system. Remember, a little effort towards your respiratory health today will go a long way in ensuring a healthier future.

Yours in Health,
- Dr. Stephanie Tyjeski

Dr. Stephanie graduated in December 2016 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Logan University. She continued on at Logan University to receive her Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance. She is also certified as a Digestive Health Professional through the Loomis Enzyme Institute. She currently works at Tyjeski Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

At our Wellness Class, we will cover the full respiratory system including specific disorders such as seasonal allergies, asthma, and more. Bring your questions and get ready to learn! Please join us at our Beaver Dam location for this FREE class on Tuesday, July 18th at 5:30pm to learn more about how to improve the health of your respiratory system.