How does posture affect healthy breathing?

Posture plays a crucial role in the quality of your breathing, especially during sleep. Proper alignment of your body affects the position of your airways and the ease of airflow. Poor posture can lead to constricted airways, making it difficult for air to pass freely. Incorrect posture can contribute to airway blockages and interrupted breathing patterns. Through posture coaching, you can learn how to maintain optimal alignment during sleep, allowing for unobstructed airflow and reducing the severity of sleep apnea symptoms. This holistic approach addresses the connection between posture and effective breathing, ultimately promoting better sleep quality.

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What is posture coaching?

Posture coaching optimizes your body’s alignment and positioning during daily activities. Through personalized guidance and tailored exercises, posture coaching can correct poor posture habits to enhance overall musculoskeletal health. Addressing posture issues that impact airflow and contribute to airway obstruction during sleep—such as slouching or head positioning—posture coaching creates an environment conducive to unobstructed breathing. By mitigating the severity and frequency of sleep apnea episodes, it can contribute to enhanced sleep quality.

What to expect from posture coaching

Our posture coaching process involves several essential steps designed to enhance your posture and musculoskeletal well-being:


We begin with an in-depth consultation to understand your sleep apnea symptoms, habits, and any discomfort you experience.


We provide insights into how specific postures and sleeping positions impact sleep apnea, emphasizing the significance of proper alignment during sleep.

Sleep position training

Tailored guidance on optimal sleeping positions that promote open airways and reduce the risk of airway blockage.


We may suggest pillows and mattresses that support spinal alignment and comfortable sleep positions to maintain optimal posture during sleep. Additional treatments to address the root cause of issues may include Trigger Point Therapy, BOTOX Therapy and review of Myofascial Pain.

Exercises and stretches

Personalized coaching includes exercises to strengthen muscles that contribute to proper head and neck alignment.

Progress monitoring

Follow-up assessments assess improvements and enable further adjustments.

Cell phone ergonomics

We will work with you on the different ways holding your phone could be damaging your well-being, and how to hold your phone more optimally.

We may recommend complementary treatments alongside posture coaching and additional lifestyle changes to help you live a happier, healthier – and well-rested life.

Why choose the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea?

At San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, we lead in cutting-edge technology and personalized treatment plans. Driven by innovation, our practice delivers specialized care for sleep apnea. Our interdisciplinary approach and expertise set us apart as leaders in the field. Operating as an integrated medical, cosmetic, and dental healthcare model, we prioritize the highest standard of care. Start the journey to restorative, healthy sleep and overall well-being by scheduling a consultation.

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