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Two great videos on how diaphragmatic breathing works

By AIS, 11:25 am

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?


  1. My breathing has been very “off” lately, and I have been trying to focus and be more aware of how it feels. My stuttering was farily light and easy, mostly repititions, but has become more severe lately, with blocks. I can almost hear the breath getting stuck sometimes, almost like I am holding my breath.

    I have been experiencing more stress in my life,and maybe the stuttering increase is just my way of reacting. Or maybe it is the natural evolution of my own special stuttering.I was covert for a loooooong time, so now that it is coming out, may be manifesting differently.

    I seem to have a hard time breathing from the diaphragm, so this was a good video to watch and good thing to think about.

    Comment by Pam — July 19, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  2. Yes, you are correct the breath does actually get stuck in a sense during blocking. When your vocal folds close they are what “holds your breath.” So if you take a deep breath and hold it you can then feel what its like to close the vocal folds on purpose. It can help to feel the difference between open and closed vocal folds.

    True, stuttering can sometimes be like a barometer in a sense- signaling when your body is under stress, lack of sleep, about to get sick, etc. Taking care of your whole person can be a good idea!

    Comment by Chamonix — July 21, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  3. I have been clear of my stuttering for almost 20 years until this week when its just gotten worse and worse to the point where by i cant speak sometimes. This videos does help and explain why i guess.

    Do you guys have any breathing exercises to help?

    Comment by Kaveshan Chetty — January 8, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  4. Well, it’s quite unfortunate that I’ve never been successful with any type of breathing techniques. If there is one which is proven to work, I’d like to give it a try.

    Comment by Arold — July 11, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

  5. Can anyone please guide how I can fix my stuttering problem i am 20 years old and I can’t speak in front of anyone all my life I made my self a laughing stalk can anyone guide me

    Comment by Sid — October 21, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

  6. Hi Sid,

    Thanks for reading our blog. We certainly understand how stuttering can make you feel embarrassed. Please know that help is available. You are welcome to call or email us any time to set up a consultation. We can help you in person if you are near new york city or online through video conferencing if you are outside of the NYC area. Our phone number is (212) 633-6400 and you can email us with the Contact US feature here on our website.

    Whether you stutter or not, your words are worth saying. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss


    Comment by Carl — October 23, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

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