Bursitis Breathing Therapy
Bursitis breathing therapy is the most natural and cheapest pain cure ever.
Do you think it sounds too airy (ehm) fairy? Let's have a look at the facts:
- our life begins with our first breath (well, technically...)
- our life stops with our last breath
- just a couple of minutes without breath causes death
So although breathing is such an autonomic and automatic bodily function we rarely pay attention to, its importance is undeniable.
Many scientific studies agree on the benefits proper breathing techniques have on control of pain - acute as well as chronic.
Bursitis caused by bad breathing habits?
Trauma of physical (e.g. joint mobility issues), chemical (e.g. infection) or emotional (e.g. loss of a loved one) nature can alter breathing patterns, which may continue long after the event is gone and forgotten.
Studies have shown that about a half of patients with chronic pain have or develop a breathing disorder. How does this happen?
One of our body's protective reactions to pain is a change of breath pattern:
- we tend to hold our breath, without even realising it
- our breath gets shallow, rapid and disordered - we 'hyperventilate'
These changes are subtle but can result in:
- reduced breath capacity over time
circulatory, endocrine and nervous system problems - e.g. dizziness, numbness, anxiety, chest pain, digestive problems
- worsened symptoms for patients with bursitis and other conditions
The good news is that bursitis breathing therapy can change all this as slow, deep abdominal breathing promotes calmness and healing. Your 'breathing muscles' can definitely be trained.
How not to breathe
These are the most common forms of improper breathing. Are you among these 'bad breathers'?
We should be breathing in through our nose and breathing out through our mouth (or nose if you are into yoga breathing techniques).
There really is no need to lift the shoulders while breathing in.
Opposite breathing pattern that the usual one - abdomen in at inhale and out in exhale.
Ideally, when you are breathing in, your abdomen rises and your chest stays relatively
flat. But 'chest breathers' rarely use their abdomen for breathing at all and so do not deliver as much oxygen into their bodies as they could and should.
Train yourself to breathe
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat
on the floor. (Sitting or standing also works, but lying down is the easiest and the most comfortable.)
- Place one hand on your chest and the other one on your belly.
- Slowly breathe in through your nose. Your hand on the chest should not move much. Concentrate on your belly raising instead. Imagine that you have a balloon in your belly that you are trying to inflate with the air as you are inhaling. Your
hand should rise as your belly fills with the air.
- After holding the breath for a few seconds, exhale slowly through your mouth.
Picture letting the air out of your belly balloon. Gently push down on your belly while breathing out. Exhaling should take twice as long than inhaling to ensure that all the CO2 is completely gone from your lungs before the new fresh air is allowed in.
Bursitis breathing exercises
- Detox bursitis breathing excercise
- Imagine that your body is surrounded by a white light.
- Slowly inhale this white light into your belly, chest and the rest of your body - from head to toe. All your body parts are purified by this white light.
- As you exhale, imagine that a different - darker - colour of light is coming out of your body - taking out all of the physical and emotional aches far, far away.
- Anti-inflammatory bursitis breathing excercise
- Slowly breath in and as you do so, visualise your breath flowing into the area of your bursitis pain and bringing some nice light, healing energy, strenght and health in.
you breath out, imagine your breath releasing the pain as it leaves your body through your belly and chest.
Happy anti-bursitis breathing!
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