Exercises: Breathing, Posture and Chest Mobility

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This exercise guide will help improve your child's breathing and how they hold their body while sitting and standing (posture). By doing these, muscles in their belly (abdomen), neck, and back will be more flexible and stronger. This makes breathing easier.

Check your child's posture before they start the exercises. Do this by having them stand with their head and neck straight, stomach flat, back straight, and shoulders back.

diaphragm breathing - standing and lying

back arch, shoulder pinch, and shoulder depression

pectoral stretch, side bend, truck twist

chin tuck, cat, cow

Exercises:  Breathing, Posture, and Chest Mobility (PDF)

HH-II-89 • ©1990, revised 10/2022 • Nationwide Children’s Hospital