What is Deep breathing and relaxation?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Deep breathing may help a person to relax, attaining a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress or tension that can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 96 35
General health 47 17
Pain 43 19
Fibromyalgia 19 6
Panic attacks 19 9
Stress 16 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 3
None 69

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Deep breathing and relaxation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 1
Heart palpitations 1
Panic attacks 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Deep breathing and relaxation

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 min daily 5
daily 4
5 min daily 3
1 min daily 2
10 min daily 2
20 min daily 2
2 hr weekly 1
0.5 hours daily 1
3 min daily 1
30 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Deep breathing and relaxation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 7
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently going to Deep breathing and relaxation

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 13

Stopped going to Deep breathing and relaxation

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 20
Usually 34
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 48
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 42
Not specified 33
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15 patient evaluations for Deep breathing and relaxation

Jun 15, 2017 (Started Oct 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 2, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 6, 2016 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Am happy to report that deep breathing has become more of a instinctive habit now. It took some time to get here, but now it feels more natural to take a deep relaxing belly breath when tension, fear or anger arises rather than react from a place of fear and lack. Now, I feel empowered by the breath to stand still, strong, centre myself and react from a place of love and empathy (for myself as well as others).
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 5, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques alongside meditation both when I am experiencing attacks of pain and when I am pain free. This treatment helps me to feel more whole, centered and able to manage the periods of pain more effectively. My body tenses up with pain and deep breathing relaxes my body and helps to calm my mind so I can either allow myself to go with the flow of the pain instead of fighting it, or to distance myself from the physical pain by 'rising above it' emotionally.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 9, 2010 (Started Sep 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Just felt more relaxed and did not become stressed as easily.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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