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Pain Management Class: Breathing Exercises

February 3rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Each Monday this series of articles will feature pain management techniques to help you decrease and cope with pain.  It’s your at-home pain management class!

So far we’ve looked what stages you go through when you try to change a habit, and what can help you at each stage to be successful with your habit-change goal.  Today we’ll start to look at some pain management skills and exercises that can be helpful to use regularly.

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The first skills that I teach patients are relaxed breathing exercises.  These help you reduce pain by helping you relax.  Here are 2 for you to try:

You can use these exercises in several ways:

  • read through the exercise and then do it from memory (it doesn’t have to be done exactly as I’ve written it)
  • tape record the exercise yourself, then play it back for yourself to do (you can even do this on your cellphone)
  • have someone else read or record the exercise for you

Your assignment:  Do at least 1 breathing exercise a day

Let me know how you do in the comments!

Next Monday, we’ll look at a basic relaxation exercise for pain relief.

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  • Mary // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Focused breathing sounds like such a simple exercise but its rewards are rich. I love the joke about the person who asked their guru how long they should meditate. His reply was an hour and if you are too busy, then you need to do two hours.
    Being able to stop in your day to engage in the exercises you suggest is such a great way to check on your stress level. Stress worsens pain, deep breathing inhibits stress which reduces pain. Works for me.

  • Zunii // Aug 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I definitely find doing these breathing exercises helps a lot in getting ready for sleep. Sometimes I have a problem with falling asleep, not necessarily racing thoughts, just an inability to relax. And focusing on something like that helps a lot.

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