Did you know that how we breathe can have an immediate effect on pain?

 

By altering our breathing pattern we can either increase or reduce pain so using our breath can be an incredibly powerful tool for pain managment.

 

Have you ever noticed yourself holding your breath in response to fear or discomfort? We also tense up and hold our breath in anticipation of something we are fearful of, like for example getting a shot, and most often it hurts more as a result.

 

In childbirth we call this the “fear–tension–pain” cycle. When laboring women are worried about the pain of birth they become tense. Holding this tension in the body leads to increased pain, which promotes even more fear and tension. An altered breathing pattern is our bod...

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