4 Benefits of Breathing Exercises For Breast Cancer Treatment


Breathing For Breast CancerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Breathing exercise program aides in breast cancer recovery along with other benefits that a person gets by practicing it. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing. Along with daily breathing techniques we encourage an anti-cancer lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods, clean, pure water and air.

Benefits of Breathing:

1.) Stress reduction or increase energy.  Learning breath exercises will aide in the recovery process from breast cancer. First it is important to learn to breath correctly. Breathing correctly is done by taking in air deeply through the nostrils so that the lungs expand. Second, learn to use breath exercises so that they are used as treatments for specific situations, such as stress reduction or increase energy. Breathing exercises help you regain your health after under going cancer treatments by insuring that every cell in the body receives oxygen rich nutrients. Breathing exercises can also be used to steady anxiety, depression and other emotional distress.

2.) Help manage breast pain. There may be times during breast cancer recovery that the breath registers pain with a sudden and piercing inhale, punctuated with a forced exhale. When the breath remains affected by this sudden pain and discomfort it will trigger enormous changes in our ability to cope. Unfortunately, these are the consequences of impaired breathing brought on by stress. Once we bring an awareness to the breath, right into the moment of pain; when it is most needed, can we then decrease the degree of pain in the nerve receptors. This will increase the quality of life greatly. It is here where we learn to let go, soften and breath deeply.

3.) Assist in the ability to go to sleep and then to stay asleep. Doing a breath exercise such as Natural Breath in bed, will help decrease fatigue and promote better sleep. Here the mind will become focused on the inhalation and exhalation. This will create an inner calm by initiating the “relaxation response.”

4.) Maximize health and recovery through the breath. Constant stress leads to restriction of connective and muscular tissue in the chest area; a decrease in ROM (Range of Motion) is experienced. This decrease is due in part to unconscious shallow breathing. The chest does not expand as much as it would with slower and deeper breaths. Breathe consciously. It is as simple as oxygen helping to nourish the body, muscles, and organs which then provides relief from stress, fear and anxiety. Slow, deep, and relaxed breaths calms the autonomic nervous system, producing balanced stable energy.

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Diana Ross ContibutorDiana Ross, E-RYT 500 founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is a restorative yoga teacher; and a survivor that cares about making a difference in your recovery process. Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products were designed to support you emotionally and physically from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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