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Slow Breathing Reduces Pain

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If a person usually feels pain in its body parts, it could be a case of not breathing in tandem. Pain could be sporadic or chronic and can occur in any part of body where there are nerves. Various common types of chronic pain include back and neck pain, muscle and joint pain etc. There are various reasons for pain like due to age, genetics, injuries, illness, surgery etc. Fibromyalgia (FM) patients are prone to chronic pain. In a recent research published in PAIN a Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)of carried out Arthur (Bud) Craig, PhD, at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, it was revealed that controlled breathing slow down the rate of pain drastically. Even people suffering from Fibromyalgia found relief as they breathe slowly except when they were overwhelmed by negative feelings, depression and sadness.

The findings laid stress on the beneficial effects through yogic and Zen meditation which helps in reducing feelings of guilt and depression. The results also stressed on the role of a person’s positive and negative attitude on the feelings of pain. The study was carried on the two groups of women in the age group of 45 to 65. One group had women who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other group was healthy. During the research participants were administered moderately painful heat pulses on their palms while they were breathing normally and when they reduce their breathing rat by 50 percent. After each administration they were asked to report their feelings of pain and its intensity and their unpleasantness and their affect on mood.
On analyzing the all results of intensity of the pain and unpleasantness feeling it was found, those participants who breathed slowly had a very low intensity of pain than their counterparts. Various other random studies have highlighted that those who remain depressed can acquire fibromyalgia disease and there is a sure shot connection between pain and emotions. The study made it clear that those suffering from fibromyalgia can benefit from slow breathing if they instill positive affect as a trait. Dr. Craig concluded, “the study showcased the FM patients generally contain low positive affects or energy reserves, but those who have some positive energy left in their “mental battery” can be benefited from slow breathing just like healthy normal.”

Apart from therapy and surgery, diet and lifestyle also come into the picture in preventing and controlling pain management. Various doctors are of the view that physical therapy and workout regimens also help in strengthening muscles, joints and bones. Moreover a diet full of protein and calcium with vitamin D is also recommended to control pain very especially those persons who are recovering from accidents and sports injuries. Apart from this patients are also advised sufficient rest and use of heat and cold therapy to reduce pain and swelling.

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5 thoughts on “Slow Breathing Reduces Pain
  1. Maria Chang

    Superb post. You have gained a new fan. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to more of your great posts.

  2. Adrian G.

    This article reminds me of my wife. She always tell me to “just breathe” when I’m getting mad. Yes, my wife’s a lot calmer than I am now because she’s doing yoga every weekends. Sometimes, I get irritated when she says that but I know that she’s just watching out for my blood pressure so I just do it. One of the things that I got used to doing was calling my wife when I get irritated just to hear her say those words (she insisted on doing so at first). A lot has changed from our family since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure last year. We’re eating more healthy and have become more active in doing outdoor activities than before.

  3. Liam

    The information relayed by this article was easy to understand, yet very comprehensive. This makes a whole lot of sense to me now. Sometimes I tend to easily worry on why I have been having some weird breathing patterns, I even thought to myself that I may have asthma, but I guess not because some of the symptoms just don’t match the condition. This once happened when I had a minor injury during a basketball game, I sprained my left ankle and wasn’t able to walk straight for almost three weeks after that and I needed to undergo regular therapy to speed up the healing process. My doctor advised me to increase my diet rich in protein, calcium and Vitamin D to speed up my recovery. This article was really quite accurate especially relating to my recent experience!

  4. Thomas

    On my second day of training in the academy, I suffered from hyperventilation. I turned so pale, felt very numb and panicked so much that I breathed too fast. The medics approached me, gave me a paper bag and told me to breathe in and out slowly. Surprisingly, it did work. Slowly the numbness faded and I felt better. I remember my mom always telling me to breathe slowly every time I get nervous, especially when I was a kid when I had recitals. I also hear doctors say that when they inject something to their patients or when nurses try to put some ointment to clean an open wound. This remedy is very simple but does a lot to help a person feel better.

  5. Marlon

    During my high school days, I used to run all day since I am a member of our track and field team in our school. But ever since, I felt pain on my chest part after every runs. I sought medical attention and they have advice me to breathe slowly after my runs. So I did. I felt comfortable and at ease on my breathing. The pain on my chest area has also been diminished. I have read in an article that breathing slowly can help you focus more when you are in a hurry or already panicked. You can think more of the solutions that you can do. This is just a simple method but it really works in every situation.

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