“A possible reason Harvey's neck muscles have gotten so big is because Harvey is not breathing properly.”
Well with a statement like this we just had to find out more from this news story!
It turns out that American professional baseball pitcher Matt Harvey has had to end the season with surgery to treat his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) - a disorder that occurs when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between the collarbone and first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed.
It seems that Harvey may have been using his neck and chest muscles to breathe as opposed to using his main breathing muscle, the diaphragm. It’s been suggested that it would be beneficial for someone with TOS to perform exercises “that will reinforce using the diaphragm more to breathe in and out.”
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) can help with this by training the inspiratory muscles, the diaphragm and intercostals, to work harder. Watch How It Works >
Breathing in against the calibrated and variable load on the POWERbreathe IMT device makes the inspiratory muscles work harder, progressively. This progressive increase in breathing load builds breathing strength and stamina which results in these main respiratory muscles being more resistant to fatigue when called upon not only to help with breathing but also with core stability.
By using POWERbreathe IMT you’re doing exactly what has been suggested, and that is reinforcing the diaphragm more to breathe in.
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