Low back pain is routinely listed as the largest cause of chronic pain in the US. It is responsible for more occupational disability than any other cause. It doesn’t seem possible that simply practicing diaphragmatic breathing reduces back pain, but it does.

Besides, deep breathing should be the foundation of any myofascial self-care program anyway!

Many people have been through an episode of LBP that was severe enough to be referred for therapy. The craze about “strengthening your core” is partly a response to the low back problems associated with 21st century lifestyles. There is broad agreement about this. However, the foundation of true core musculature is the diaphragm and its partner, the Transversus Abdominis (TA).