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Try Breathing Techniques to Relieve Pain

Natural Pain Remedies: Page 8

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Lamaze-style breathing during childbirth is a popular example of this form of mind-body awareness. A 2010 study in the journal Pain, involving women ages 45 to 65 with fibromyalgia, found that those who used slow breathing significantly reduced pain perception and negative emotions. Other research shows its effectiveness with low back pain.

Slow, deep breathing is the simplest form. Breathe in deeply on the syllable re, then exhale on the syllable lax. Keep repeating. Another example: the 5-7-8 breathing pattern.