BioDynamic Breathwork for Pain- Program Overview

 

The Group Breathwork course is designed for the purpose of improving self- regulation, managing stress and improving performance. All are important components of therapy for those learning to manage pain.

The breathing techniques used during the program will be in the context of biofeedback training and may also be used as a component part of other treatment regimens (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy) and being able to be incorporated with the rest of the multidisciplinary treatment team. The emphasis will be on the identification of states of tension within the mind and body, followed by the application of systematic breathing techniques to help address these.

Pain produces both physiological and emotional stresses, which collectively feed into a cycle that results in increased pain perception and ongoing alteration of the physiology of the body in ways that usually exacerbate pain (muscle tension or spasm, constriction of blood vessels, and an up-regulated nervous system in general). The program focuses on educating individuals about the relationship between emotional and physiological stresses and seeks to empower individuals by teaching them systematic self-control methods for altering physical states (e.g., muscle tension) and psychological states (e.g., stress). 

Some research articles supporting the efficacy of breathwork include but are not limited to;

- Migraine Pain (Kaushik et al. 2005)

- Musculoskeletal Pain (Middaugh et al. 1991), 

-Low Back Pain (McCauley et al. 1983, Strong et al. 1989, Rouselkl 2009, Chaitow 2004, Yu et al, 2023)

-Pain and Faulty Breathing (Perri, 2004).

-Women and Chronic Pelvic Pain (Haugstad, 2006)

-Orofascial Pain( Hruska 1997)

-PTSD Symptom Reduction ( Kim et al, 2013)

-Poor Sleep (Lamarch et al, 2007, Gupta et al, 2023)

You are encouraged to bring your water bottle and if you prefer your own yoga matt. The session typically runs for 90 minutes on a fortnightly basis.