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Benefits Of Deep Breathing
Is there a problem if my heart-rate goes higher instead of lower with deep breathing? I feel like i get some benefit from deep (belly) breathing, but my heart rate actually gets higher or stays about the same even though i'm taking deep, slow breaths.
Heart : Heart rate variability - or heart rates that speed up and slow down with breathing- tends to be most prominent in people who are otherwise young and healthy. Typically with slow slow, deep breathing, the heart rate slightly increases as we inhale and then slightly decreases as we exhale. This is primarily due to interactions of the nerve sensors in our chest and the autonomic nervous system or vagal nerve that runs throughout our body. The older we become, typically this variability becomes less noticeable. Also many medications and medical conditions such as diabetes can affect or blunt this heart rate variability response. ...Read more
Deep Breathing: Sighing or deep breathing as you call it is normal. It happens many times per hour and is the way the lungs have of opening all of their air spaces regularly so that fluids and other things do not block the airway or cause damage to the lungs. ...Read more
Hi I've for the past two days I've been jogging,I've been doing a lot of deep breathing and now when I breath deep it hurts is it normal? Georgina
Possibilities...: Your discomfort with deep breathing may be musculoskeletal from jogging. There are muscles, cartilage, bone, etc. in the chest wall and any of these structures may have been injured with jogging. Another possibility is exercise-induced bronchospasm. If it is musculoskeletal, it will get better with rest, acetaminophen, etc. If it doesn't, see doctor for diagnosis/treatment of bronchospasm. ...Read more
Hyperreactive Airway: When deep breathing causes cough you frequently have hyperreactive airways or asthma. It may be associated with bad coughing spells, chest tightness or wheezing if you develop a respiratory infection such as a sinus infection or bronchitis. Acute bacterial or viral bronchitis can also cause coughing with deep breathing. See your primary care physician. ...Read more
Depends on pain type: Are you talking 'congestion' or sharp pains? Sharp chest pains with deep inspiration are usually due to ribs which are locked down (exhalation position). Inhaling causes the other ribs to rise, but that one is stuck. An osteopathic physician can both listen to lungs and do a good general physical, but can also use her hands to find a stuck rib or vertebra and fix it with gentle manipulation. ...Read more
There's more to it..: You can breathe more correctly almost all the time. Shallow is never as good as full and the exhale is what we often get wrong. Completely empty the lungs to remove "old" stuff and make room for refreshing new oxygen. Sometimes 1 or 2 deep out-breaths - even a big groan or shout helps. Try a few cycles of 4 secs nasal inhales, 7 sec hold-ins & 8 sec full, slow pursed lip exhales. Let it be a habit. ...Read more
I have an inability to relax and sit still, even when I use deep breathing. Why is this and what is a quick fix for when I need to immediately relax?
See Your Doctor: 17 y.o. on meds for depression, bipolar. Your symptoms are consistent with Anxiety Disorder however your other conditions may also be creating anxiety for you. It is important that you obtain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which will empower you to control your thoughts rather than be controlled. Should also consider medication side-effects as cause. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment ...Read more
I frequently (1/2 times a week) get a heavy chest with deep breathing & pinching pains in chest. What could it be? Lasts couple hours then goes away.
Asthma: You should be checked for asthma. It could cause all the symptoms you describe. The intermittancy suggests a trigger - possibly allergic(?). Pulmonary function testing would be helpful. Asthma is very treatable. When you can't breathe, it can make you anxious and makes your heart pound (which you also list). ...Read more
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