“The Art of Breathing: Drawing the Diaphragm”, By Rolf Sovik, article in Yoga International

This article is very interesting to help with the visualization of this very important muscle called the Diaphragm. In Osteopathy, the Diaphragm  is a key structure to assess; it is also called the main breathing muscle.

The Diaphragm has many anatomical connections with visceras/internal organs: two main blood vessels go through it (vena cava and abdominal aorta), its movement during inhalation and exhalation encourage intestinal transit/bowel movements, helping to drain the body toxins, and it also delimits the boundary between the thoracic cavity and the abdominal cavity. Therefore, the Diaphragm muscle is a key area to check due to its implication in the balance between the thoracic pressure and the abdominal pressure. Any dysfunction affecting this muscle will have consequences on the body function.


Dysfunction, disease

“If we accept the concept that each of us consists of an orderly grouping of cells living within a fluid matrix, and that health represents a situation in which the internal environment is maintained within homeostatic limits by the integrating systems of the body, then it is logical to postulate that disease is an alteration in these mechanisms which permits or forces a departure from these homeostatic limits, resulting in altered function or physiology.”

“Osteopathic Medecine”




Disorders of the Endocrine System,

William Baldwin, Jr

Chapt 16

p. 228