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Relieve Stress and Tension with Respiratory and Pelvic Diaphragm Exercises

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on March 23, 2021

1_ReliveStressDon’t reach for the TUMS just yet, instead, sit tall and take a breath. Prolonged sitting and the notion of gripping or tightening the abs can create a hypervigilant compressive force on the pelvic floor contributing to tight hip flexors, a painful back, urinary stress incontinence, constipation, painful sex, and even heart burn. Pelvic floor dysfunction for men and women is does not just include weakness or laxity according to

Visualize a balloon. Now visualize pressing on the outside center of the balloon…the air will become displaced above and below causing increased pressure at each end. This is much like the relationship of our respiratory and pelvic diaphragms. The displacement of pressure causes constriction of the lungs and a collapse into the genitourinary structures and intestines. Try this during your work day to create space in your “inner tube”, stability in your center line, and a harmonious balance of your vital organs:



Kate Hunt, MSPT

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Kate Hunt, MSPT

With over 20 years of healthcare, rehabilitation, and wellness experience, Kate brings a unique blend of operations, clinical best practices, and community-based chronic health and wellness programs to CareATC. Her background includes multi-site strategic business operations, new business startups, and multi-specialty health and wellness care coordination and team development. Prior to joining CareATC, Kate was the President of Liveyoung, an integrative healthcare practice in Florida and Georgia. She was also the Regional Vice President of Strategic Operations for Alliance Care, where she co-developed and implemented an industry-leading proactive health and wellness model for seniors. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida. Kate lives in Thomasville, Georgia and loves spending time cooking, camping, surfing, and adventuring with her two teenage boys and doodles.

Post Topics Musculoskeletal health