Exhale Your Pain: A Reader’s Digest Asia Health Smart Article – Oct 2010

Exhale Your Pain|
I read this article from Reader’s Digest Asia October 2010 Edition, a simple way to reduce pain by slow breathing.

breatheHere’s a drug-free way to ease moderate pain: simply slow your breathing. In a recent study, researches briefly applied somewhat painful pulses of heat to the palms of 52 women. When the volunteers were instructed to breathe at roughly half their normal rate, their ratings of pain intensity and unpleasantness dropped by as much as 30 percent.

Slow breathing seems to slow the body’s stress reaction, such as faster heart rate and higher blood pressure, says study leader Alex Zautra, at Arizona State University. This may help explain why other studies have found some meditation techniques can reduce pain.

To get the benefit, count the number of breaths you take in a minute, then sit quietly while gradually slowing the rate.

Dis: A repost

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