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This is the first of a weekly series, Pain Management Tips. It will feature short, practical (as opposed to theoretical) posts with a single pain management tip or exercise.
Breathing. We all do it, and that makes it, as I have said before, quite a handy tool in the pain management kit. But the flip side is this: we all do it, and that makes it easy to forget or discount. So when applied to pain management, the key to breathing is focused consciousness.
Breathing exercises done correctly are calming and relaxing. They're the mainstay of my pain management repertoire. For example:
Breathe in gently through your nose, then out as though blowing through a straw. The out breath should take longer than the in breath.
- As you breathe in, Imagine the breath filling you -- tips of toes, feet and ankles, legs, pelvis, abdomen and back, shoulders, neck and head to top of scalp.
- As you breathe out, imagine the breath taking with it from your body all tenseness of muscle and sinew, and ache of bone in a slow and relaxing whoosh.
- Do this ten times.
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