January 24, 2010

Mind Over Breath

1 Slow Breathing Reduces Pain

A new study from the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Arizona indicates that patients, unless they are depressed, can significantly reduce pain by controlling their breathing and slowing it down. The study focused on women, ages 45 to 65, with chronic pain from fibromyalgia who, during the study, were subjected to moderately painful heat impulses. Researchers found that pain was perceived less severely by participants who were asked to slow their breathing rates by 50 percent than by those who breathed normally throughout the study, but only if they had a positive attitude.

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