Here’s a fantastic video that demonstrates the internal workings of normal diaphragmatic breathing. I have been showing this to clients recently during sessions when we cover diaphragmatic breathing, and it has been a big hit!
Also, here is another video with color-coordinated detail of the diaphragm, lungs, intercostal muscles, and surrounding organs (and also features funky music).
Although stuttering is not caused by a breathing problem, our breath is the fuel that runs our voice or vocal folds. Proper coordination of the breath with the vocal fold vibrations is something that can greatly assist in fluent speech production. The breath can also become uncoordinated, and abnormal breathing patterns can be formed as a result of stuttering and the closure and tension in the vocal folds.
In therapy, clients learn what normal diaphragmatic breathing is and how to internally feel this within their bodies. This video can help clients to see and understand what is occurring which will help them to feel and visualize their own diaphragms. Diaphragmatic breathing is also something that helps to reduce the adrenaline or “fight or flight” response as well as aid in overall relaxation.
Have you used breathing techniques to treat your stuttering? Did they help at all?