Pain & Respiration - What is the Relationship?
- RRS Education
When you were a young child and hurt yourself, did your mother tell you to take a deep breath? If you are comforting someone in a time of stress or anxiety, do you advise them to breathe slowly? Is this good advice for a patient in pain? This week's Research Review looks at the science on the relationship between breathing and pain.
Breathing techniques are commonly used to control the symptoms of multiple healthcare issues, such as general distress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and asthma. Specifically, slow, deep breathing (SDB) is routinely used in clinical practice to treat pain. In spite of its ubiquitous use, the efficacy and mechanisms of action of breathing techniques for the treatment of pain remain elusive. The intent of this review was to summarize the literature on the bidirectional association between pain and respiration in both clinical (patients with pain) and experimental (induced pain in healthy individuals) studies. As such, the authors sought to perform a systematic review to summarize and clinically appraise the research on this topic. They also provided direction and ideas for future research…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THE FULL REVIEW!