October 2021: Pillar 10.1 – Learn the Art of Breathing

12 Pillars of Wellbeing for Managing Chronic Pain

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Breathing and Chronic Pain


Breathing Exercises and Health


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To learn more about the benefits of breathing exercises on physical and mental health read:

  • Journal Article: The role of deep breathing on stress (link)
  • Journal Article: Effectiveness of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Deep Breathing, and Guided Imagery in Promoting Psychological and Physiological States of Relaxation (link)
  • Journal Article: The physiological effects of slow breathing in the healthy human (link)
  • Journal Article: Chronic pain management: nonpharmacological therapies for chronic pain (link)
  • Journal Article: Relaxation & Pain Management. The relaxation response can play a role in managing chronic and acute pain. (link)
  • Journal Article: The relationship between an individual’s locus of control and the perceived benefits from using diaphragmatic breathing to control chronic pain (link)
  • Journal Article: The role of psychological interventions in the management of patients with chronic pain (link)
  • Journal Article: Yogic Breathing and Mindfulness as Stress Coping Mediate Positive Health Outcomes of Yoga (link)
  • Journal Article: PTSD Symptom Reduction With Mindfulness-Based Stretching and Deep Breathing Exercise: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Efficacy (link)
  • Journal Article: Mechanisms of mindfulness: Emotion regulation following a focused breathing induction (link)
  • Journal Article: Towards interactive mindfulness training using breathing based feedback (link)
  • Journal Article: What Makes Mindfulness-Based Interventions Effective? An Examination of Common Components (link)
  • Journal Article: Pain and respiration: a systematic review (link)
  • Journal Article: Mind–Body Interventions for Chronic Pain in Older Adults: A Structured Review (link)
  • Journal Article: Attention management as a treatment for chronic pain (link)
  • Journal Article: Mind–Body Therapies for the Self-Management of Chronic Pain Symptoms (link)
  • Journal Article: The effects of deep and slow breathing on pain perception, autonomic activity, and mood processing – an experimental study (link)
  • Journal Article:  The use of breathing exercises in the treatment of chronic, nonspecific low back pain (link)
  • Article: The science of breathing (link)
  • Book: Managing Chronic Pain.  Chapter 3: Theories of pain and diaphragmatic breathing (link)
  • Journal Article: How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Slow Breathing (link)
  • Journal Article: The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults (link)
  • Article: The science of breathing well (link)
  • Article: Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response (link)
  • Article: How breathing clams your brain, and other science-based benefits of controlled breathing (link)
  • Article: What focusing on the breath does to your brain (link)
  • Article: Why breathing is so effective at reducing stress (link)
  • Website: Wim Hof Method (link)
  • Book: Breath (link)
  • Book: The Way Out (link)
  • Book: The Whole Health Life (link)
  • Fact Sheet: Working towards Wellbeing: Square breathing (link)
  • Article: How to use breathing techniques to control chronic pain (link)
  • Article: Diaphragmatic Breathing and Chronic Pain (link)
  • Article: Inhale to Heal Pain (5 Breathing techniques to get you started) (link)


Written by Aimee Carter