How Your Body Controls Breathing - How the Lungs Work - How Your Body Controls Breathing

The body’s muscles and nervous system help control your breathing.

The pleura and diaphragm. Your lungs are encased by pleura, a thin membrane that protects them and helps them slide back and forth as you breathe in and out. Underneath your lungs is the diaphragm, a smooth thin muscle that helps your lungs expand and contract as you breathe. Medical Animation Copyright © 2019 Nucleus Medical Media Inc. All rights reserved.