Clinical Pilates in Practice: Diaphragmatic Breathing for Posture (August 2020)

By no means a thorough or robust study, we are including this one because of our belief in evidence-informed practice, and this paper does serve as a reminder of the importance of the diaphragm for postural control. (Better references included below.)


Menon, Vivek V., Mudasir R. Baba, Pavankumar, and Sneha Suresh. "Effects of Diaphragmatic Training on Posture and Stability in Asymptomatic Subjects: A Randomized Clinical Trial." Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy 14, no. 2 (April-June 2020), 221-225.



  • The thoracic diaphragm separates the thoracic and abdominal cavities.
  • Comprised of central and peripheral parts, that converge at the central tendon.
  • The central tendon fuses with the inferior surface of the pericardium.
  • On either side of the central tendon, the diaphragm ascends to the left and right domes.

The peripheral, muscular portion  of the diaphragm is divided into three parts:...

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