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How can deep breathing help ease aches and pains?

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Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease pain. Lie or sit with one hand on your belly and take a deep, slow breath. Imagine filling a balloon in your belly with air. Then breathe out, as if you're letting all the air out of the balloon. Think of breathing out stressful thoughts and breathing in relaxation. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.

If you have lung problems, talk to your doctor about what breathing exercises would be good to try, or if other ways to relax would be better.

Arthritis Today : "5 Steps to Pain Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mind Body Exercises."

Drugs: "Pain Management in the Elderly."

Health in Aging: "Eldercare at Home: Pain," "Pain Management."

Hospice: "How to Relieve Pain Without Medicine."

The AGS Panel on Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons, , August 2009. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Kaye, A. , fall 2010. The Ochsner Journal

National Health Service: “TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).”

Mayo Clinic: “Self-care approaches to treating pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Arthritis Today : "5 Steps to Pain Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mind Body Exercises."

Drugs: "Pain Management in the Elderly."

Health in Aging: "Eldercare at Home: Pain," "Pain Management."

Hospice: "How to Relieve Pain Without Medicine."

The AGS Panel on Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons, , August 2009. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Kaye, A. , fall 2010. The Ochsner Journal

National Health Service: “TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).”

Mayo Clinic: “Self-care approaches to treating pain.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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