Is your breathing correct? An Osteopath’s easy trick to determine if your breathing is wrong and what can be done about it.

  • Brandon Talbot uploaded a TikTok Video showing correct breathing. 
  • He shows how to test his breathing by lying on his back, placing his open hands on his stomach and chest. Then, he checks which hand moves the most.
  • Your ribs should move faster than your stomach to indicate that you are breathing properly

A simple way to check your breathing and how it affects back pain has been shared by an osteopath.

Brandon Talbot from Canada shared his TikTok video showing how to correctly breathe.

The clip shows him how to monitor your breathing. He lies down, and places one hand on his stomach while the other on his chest.

An osteopath has shared a simple trick for checking if you're breathing correctly and revealed how fixing it can solve your back pain

Canadian osteopath Brandon Talbot shared a video to TikTok revealing how to correctly breath and showing that many people are doing it wrong.

A simple technique to check your breathing and how it affects back pain has been shared by an osteopath. TikTok was shared by Brandon Talbot from Canada, who demonstrates the correct way to breathe.

Brandon takes a deep breathe and then explains to Brandon that you must. Be aware of which hand is moving more.

Then he explains that if your stomach is moving faster than your ribs, then you are breathing properly. However, if your stomach is not moving faster than your ribs, it means you are not in your diaphragm.  

‘Although there are many benefits from diaphragmic breathing, it should be used as an exercise,’ he said.

There are several muscles that help with breathing. He said that if you don’t use them they can become weaker over time, making it more difficult to take deep breaths.  

Brandon then takes a deep breath and explains that you need to pay attention to which hand moves more

Brandon takes a deep breathe and then explains to Brandon that it is important to notice which hand moves faster. 

Correct breathing to relieve back pain 

The diaphragm is a muscle located at the bottom of your lungs. It tightens as you inhale and then moves down. This allows your chest to expand, and your lungs to grow.

It is essential to learn how to breath from the diaphragm in order to help manage back pain.

  1. You can either lie on your back, or you could sit down.
  2. One hand should be on top of your chest, the other just below your ribcage.
  3. Breathe slowly and gently through your nose. Your belly will move in front of your hand. Place your hands on your chest and keep them there.
  4. Keep your lips closed and breathe out. Next, pull your abdomen muscles toward your rib cage. Keep your hand still on your chest.

 Source: Brisbane Spine Clinic 

He explained, “Practice breathing in your upper hand,”

“Our lungs are not in our stomach, but our chest. 

When they are full of air, the ribs should start to move. 

He added that “restrictions here can cause many different symptoms.”

‘OMG!! Three weeks ago, my chiro said to me that I should be able to breathe this way because of T7. [back] pain. There has been no more pain since then.

I can take deep, satisfying breaths now! One viewer wrote, “This WORKS!”

‘Everyday I’m more and more amazed at HOW THE HECK AM I STILL ALIVE?!  I don’t even know how to breathe properly,’ joked another.

Brendon frequently shares quick hacks for improving your health.

Last year, he demonstrated an exercise where you interlock your fingers behind your head, tuck in your elbows and slide them up a wall towards the ceiling stretching out your spine to get rid of a hunch back. 

He recommends doing the exercise a few times a day to get the desired results and said anyone who struggles to do the exercise against a wall can do it kneeling down over a bench. 

Thanks to his videos, which have been viewed over 3.5 million times each, Mr Talbot is a hugely popular TikTok user.

He went viral in 2012 with his quick video on how to ease back and hip pain.

An osteopath suggests that you immediately reduce tightness by sitting straight up on the ground, with your legs extended out front. Next, open and close them as you go while keeping them a couple centimetres higher than the ground.

Also, he recommends that you lie on your back with your legs against the wall and then gently lift them up.