Many sufferers of chronic pain also have a mouth breathing and upper chest breathing habit. When this is the case the breathing habit is increasing already elevated adrenal output driving the ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic nervous system. This system increases the inflammatory state of the body and muscular tension.
Many sufferers find it difficult to sleep at night and relax during the day but once a functional breathing habit is established often report better sleep outcomes and an increased capacity to relax during the day. This can significantly improve quality of life short and long term.
Chronic pain sufferers can also quickly learn additional simple strategies to induce deeper relaxation to promote further control over pain.
Developing a functional breathing habit can be achieved in four simple sessions and can be combined with any manual therapy or pain medication regimen.