Motivational Non-directive Resonance Breathing as a Treatment for Chronic Widespread Pain.

Author: Paccione CE1, Jacobsen HB2
Author Information:
1Department of Pain Management and Research, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
2Department of Pain Management and Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
Conference/Journal: Front Psychol.
Date published: 2019 Jun 11
Other: Volume ID: 10 , Pages: 1207 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01207. eCollection 2019. , Word Count: 122

Chronic widespread pain (CWP) is one of the most difficult pain conditions to treat due to an unknown etiology and a lack of innovative treatment design and effectiveness. Based upon preliminary findings within the fields of motivational psychology, integrative neuroscience, diaphragmatic breathing, and vagal nerve stimulation, we propose a new treatment intervention, motivational non-directive (ND) resonance breathing, as a means of reducing pain and suffering in patients with CWP. Motivational ND resonance breathing provides patients with a noninvasive means of potentially modulating five psychophysiological mechanisms imperative for endogenously treating pain and increasing overall quality of life.

KEYWORDS: baroreceptor sensitivity; chronic widespread pain; diaphragmatic breathing; heart rate variability; motivation; non-directive meditation; resonance frequency breathing; transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation

PMID: 31244707 PMCID: PMC6579813 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01207