White Crane Qi Gong imitates the soft and balanced movements of the white crane's wings. These practices can benefit the shoulder and upper back by increasing your motion without the notion of pain. Soft, gentle movements combined with deep breathing create a relaxed way to efficiently move and gradually strengthen your shoulder. When you become truly proficient, who knows maybe you'll be able to fly to your next appoint Tient White Crane Qi Gong imitates the soft and balanced movements of the white crane's wings. These practices can benefit the shoulder and upper back by increasing your motion without the notion of pain. Soft, gentle movements combined with deep breathing create a relaxed way to efficiently move and gradually strengthen your shoulder. When you become truly proficient, who knows maybe you'll be able to fly to your next appoint Tient
The effects of pain on your lungs and respiratory system can also be serious. Surgery on the upper abdomen results in painful incisions that cause you to have increased muscle tone, decreased deep breathing, decreased function of the diaphragm muscle, decreased ambulation, and decreased ability to cough. All these factors diminish your ability to clear lung secretions that accumulate after surgery. This may significantly lower the oxygen levels in your blood after surgery as well as increase the chance for lung secretions to become infected and develop into pneumonia.
You are lying on the floor, or resting on a couch, eyes closed, breathing deeply. A soothing voice begins, Imagine yourself floating, floating with no effort on a calm sea. You feel the water on your back and legs, the sun on your face and chest. You hear the gentle beating of the waves on the faraway shore.
Nanguo Ziqi sat at his desk, staring at the sky, breathing slowly, and as ifhe was losing himself, completely unaware ofpeople and things around him. Yancheng Ziyou who was standing in attendance said, What happened Could you really make your body like a withered tree, and your mind like dead ashes The man sitting here now is not the one who sat here before. Ziqi replied, Good question, Yan. Do you understand that I have lost myself You might have heard the music of man, but you haven't heard the music of the Earth. Or if you have heard the music of the Earth, you still haven't heard the music of Heaven.
Breathe abdominally, normally, paying attention to the calming rhythm of the breath. On the in-breath notice the gentle coolness of the air. On the out-breath notice the pleasant, relaxing feeling as air is expelled and the chest sinks down gently. As you concentrate on your breathing, perhaps you notice that external stimulation fades, much like the roar of the waves seems to fade after you have been on the beach for a while. You might notice that breathing slows of its own accord and becomes more rhythmic as you peacefully watch whatever happens. 11. Should distracting thoughts arise, greet them cordially. That's okay, that's life. Let them float through your mind like clouds floating across the sky, as your mantra, One, floats in and out on the in-breath and out-breath. Let the word One gently reverberate and roll around in your mind, filling your mind, allowing your breath, mantra, and awareness to become one, as you release and relax into your true happy nature for the next few...
Reach over your shoulder and locate Ding Chuan, one finger width beside your spine atC-7, where your neck meets your back. Press or tap while breathing deeply for 5-10 breaths. This can be done on one point at a time or together as shown. Repeat one to three times during the day.
Patients that have pulmonary comorbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) respond to controlled breathing techniques to improve pulmonary function parameters with diaphragmatic breathing exercises. The need to monitor for hypercapnia is an essential indicator for the need for muscle rest periods to be added to the exercise program. As with cardiac precautions, pulmonary precautions are instituted with regard to respiratory rate and oxygenation.
Locate LU-9 (Great Abyss) with your palm facing up it's on your wrist crease on the same side as your thumb. Hold this point with your index finger or thumb for one to three minutes while breathing slowly and deeply. Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. Other acu-points used for coughs include CV-17 (Penetrating Odor), LU-1 (Central Residence), and Ding Chuan (Stop Wheezing), which are all found in Chapter 12, Respiration A Breath of Fresh Air, in the section on bronchitis.
In this exercise, from Epstein's The Big Book of Stress Relief Games, people learn the value of performing relaxation exercises when they're under stress. People divide into pairs and role play situations in which a Beastly Boss makes unreasonable demands of an Exemplary Employee. In some role plays, the employee subtly performs simple breathing exercises in order to stay relaxed. Without such exercises, the conversations often escalate with the exercises, they do not. Exercises of this sort can be used to teach both managers and employees the value of stress-management training.
Like most moderate physical activities practiced on a regular basis, tai chi can improve all aspects of fitness, including stamina, agility, muscle tone, and flexibility. The practice of tai chi breathing exercises also serve a meditative function, thereby reducing stress. Tai chi is particularly suited for older people and those who cannot practice difficult sports. Its movements are gentle, and it puts less stress on the body than do other exercises or martial arts such as judo and karate.
If a physical therapist is available through the pain or home care team, consultation may be useful after surgery, or when a patient's activity and strength are compromised. Physical therapists can be helpful in suggesting a range of exercises to maintain flexibility, strength, and stamina. They are knowledgeable about whether to elevate an extremity how to gently milk a swollen limb or apply a special type of pump called a compression pump for swollen limbs how to massage how to use breathing exercises, coughing, and posture techniques and whether applying a splint, garment, or brace may help relieve pain.
Ears the window to your soul As you read in Chapter 9, Pain Below the Belt, your ear acupoints lead to your whole body. An acu-ear treatment will strike out at your stress. Close your eyes and hold both ear lobes between your thumbs and index fingers. Gently squeeze while breathing slowly and deeply. Move up and over your ear, lightly pinching as you go. Gently cup your ears in your hand and slowly stretch them by moving forward and backward. Cover them with cupped hands and breathe slowly in and out for 30 seconds. Closing your eyes also shuts out distractions and helps you relax. Locate GV-20 (Hundred Meetings), which is found by following a line from the tip of your ears to midpoint on the top of your head. With relaxed, bent fingers, tap the point and surrounding area lightly while breathing deeply To further help stagnant liver Qi, whisper the word sha as you exhale. This is an ancient Chinese healing sound to help release tension and stress.
As mentioned in Chapter 16, CBT focuses on a person's current thoughts, feelings, and conduct. The therapist seeks ways to help the person identify negative or self-destructive reactions and behaviors and replace them with different positive behaviors. For example, a victim of child maltreatment who responds to stress at work by zoning out and cutting off her feelings might be encouraged to take a timeout for deep breathing.
Locate LI-11 (Crooked Pool) with the arm bent at the elbow, the acu-point is on the outside of the elbow, halfway between the elbow crease and bone that sticks out. Press for one to two minutes, breathing deeply. This acu-point helps increase circulation in the arm and hand.
Teaching patients relaxation techniques can play a role in stress reduction. It can decrease the severity of headaches, and help reduce the need for multiple preventive medications and overly frequent use of acute medications. Some of the more common relaxation techniques used include rhythmic breathing, deep breathing, visualized breathing, progressive muscle relaxation exercises, guided imagery, and autogenics. Providing patients with material to facilitate these practices gives patients a means of self-control over their headaches.
Atelectasis describes a degree of alveolar collapse that occurs after relative hypoventilation, inability to cough and suppressed ciliary action during general anaesthesia. Small mucus plugs block the alveoli causing them to collapse. Postoperatively, patients may develop a cough and a mild transient pyrexia. Deep breathing exercises, which might require supplementation with chest physio-
The vagus nerve is classically described as the wandering nerve. It sends signals from the central nervous system to control the peripheral cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. However 80 percent of its fibers are afferent, carrying information from the viscera back to the brain (Foley et al., 1937). The fibers first enter the midbrain at the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) level. From the midbrain, they either loop back out to the periphery in a reflex arc, connect to the reticular activating system, or reach the parabrachial nucleus (PB) and its connections to the NTS, raphe nucleus (RN), locus ceruleus (LC), the thalamus, paralimbic, limbic, and cortical regions. It is through this route that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) modulates brain function. In this context it is noteworthy that yoga and deep breathing (primarily regulated by the 10th cranial nerve) are clearly associated with CNS effects (Loo et al., 1999). This neuroanatomy may be important in...
Heart Rate Response to Deep Breathing. Normally, heart rate varies from beat to beat, primarily due to changes in vagal activity. The most noticeable variation is that which is synchronous with the respiratory cycle (respiratory sinus arrhythmia). Heart rate increases during inspiration and decreases during expiration. The heart rate response to deep breathing is maximal at around six deep breaths per minute. Laboratory measures of heart rate variability include the peak-to-trough amplitude during a single breath, the standard deviation of the electrocardiogram RR intervals during 1 minute, and other statistical measures such as the mean square successive difference, the expiratory-inspiratory ratio (E I ratio), and the mean circular resultant. y , y The subject's age and the rate and depth of respiration influence heart rate variation in response to deep breathing. When these variables are taken into account, the maximum heart rate variation in response to deep breathing is the best...
Focuses on the use of postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) traditionally used in India to purify the body and maximize the impact of meditation practice many different schools must be used with caution by those with glaucoma, retinal detachment, or at high risk for muscle strain or fracture. Part of traditional Chinese medicine also used to cultivate qi includes breathing exercises, meditation, and physical movement used in the martial arts and to generate energy to be used in healing.
Phoenix discussed several key content areas that are often included in psychoeducation programs for trauma survivors.4 First, information may be presented on the body's natural responses to stressful situations. This information can help normalize reactions that the individual may be experiencing, as well as provide information regarding what to expect in the future. Second, information may be discussed regarding trauma history and previous attempts at coping with stressful events. Third, general information related to the traumatic event or common reactions that may follow exposure may be presented. Fourth, the survivor may be taught new skills for coping with negative reactions (e.g, relaxation exercises, deep breathing, and ways to manage stress). Of course, this type of skills training is also part of various treatment approaches (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy), and as previously discussed, the literature is not always clear regarding what falls under the broad umbrella of...
PMR is a very active form of relaxation. It requires the expenditure of physical energy, and effectively distracts people from angry thoughts. It is effective for relaxing almost everyone who tries it. When anger management programs are short on time, this is the one form of structured relaxation that is most often taught. Thus, we taught this at the Pentagon, along with the breathing exercises described earlier.
Malnutrition can cause delayed gastrointestinal transit, leading patients to experience abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation during the refeed-ing process. A warm pack to the abdomen can be helpful, as can relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, guided imagery, biofeedback, or hypnosis. If necessary, stool softeners, promotility agents, and or mild laxatives can also be used (American Psychiatric Association 2006).
Locate CV-12 (Middle Cavity), which is four-finger widths directly above your navel. Press into this point firmly for one to two minutes, followed by deep breathing as you slowly rub and massage the point in a clockwise direction. This point aids in stomachaches, nausea, and gastritis.
Another way to improve your health is through the practice of medical Qi Gong. Qi ( life energy ) and gong ( benefits from persistent efforts ) are combined with slow, easy-to-perform breathing exercises to assist a wide variety of health concerns. Medical Qi Gong can be prescribed by your acu-pro for helping specific conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and many muscular or joint pains. Qi Gong helps to circulate Qi through channels by easy-to-perform slow movements (which often mimic the movements of animals the originators may have observed in nature) such as the tiger, deer, crane, or monkey) and breathing techniques. Qi Gong Nei Dan. Moves your body's Qi through mental activity and imagery alone. This form can be as simple as breathing in and out while remembering a peaceful moment, or a highly intricate system of breathing techniques and sensing that enables you to circulate your Qi through every channel and organ in your body The term Qi Gong is fairly recent, first used in...
Locate the stomach point on your ear, which is in the middle of the ear on the horizontal raised ridge called the crus of the helix. Squeeze the point with your finger on the point and your thumb behind for support. You may also use your fingernail, as shown in the previous figure, for greater stimulation, but be careful not to press too hard and break the skin. Squeeze the point to curb your appetite or help you resist a food craving. Squeeze for one to two minutes, breathing deeply. Repeat three to five times per session.
Airway clearance therapy is a necessary routine for all CF patients to clear secretions and control infection, even at diagnosis prior to becoming symptomatic. Waiting until development of a first pneumonia or until daily symptoms are present delays benefits and may contribute to a faster pulmonary decline. The traditional form of chest physiotherapy (CPT) is known as percussion and postural drainage. Areas of the patient's chest, sides, and back are rapidly clapped by hand in different patient positions, followed by cough or forced expiration to mobilize secretions. Patients may also be taught autogenic drainage, which consists of deep breathing exercises followed by forced cough.
Qi Gong exercises are often taught to patients. The slow, gradual movements and deep breathing help keep joints moving and increase circulation. Food therapy and Chinese herbal medicine are effectively used to nourish your body, treat any underlying problems, and keep you feeling good. Arthritis is one of the conditions that Oriental Medicine has been treating for centuries. See your acu-pro to discover what kind of help is waiting for you.
Locate KD-3 (Great Creek) directly behind the inside anklebone in the middle of the Achilles tendon. Press firmly while breathing deeply for one to two minutes. Repeat three to five times each session. This point is used to strengthen kidney energy. Other acu-points for kidney-deficient tinnitus include CV-4 and SP-6 (see Chapter 16).
During his sojourn at Baroda, Sri Aurobindo, as a daily routine, was practicing pranayama (breathing exercises). As his friends in Baroda observed, he was remarkably simple in his living. He never complained about the heat of Baroda summers or the chill of its winters. Only on the coldest mornings did he throw a shawl over his shoulders only on the coldest nights did he sleep under a cotton blanket. His bed, a thin mattress on a cast-iron frame was something on which even a man of very simple means would not sleep. Though he was getting a good salary he was hardly concerned about spending it on himself or saving it. He was detached from these mundane aspects of life. He was better taken care of when Mrinalini was around, but she spent more time in Deoghar than in Baroda. Even when she was there, Sri Aurobindo was mostly absorbed in his studies - he would sit reading for hours at a stretch, his eyes glued to the page, his attitude unchanging, like an ascetic rapt in contemplation,...
Since you will not be seeing your acu-pro everyday, here are some points to press whenever the spirit or the stress moves you. Self-care is an important component in staying healthy and the following guidelines are designed to do throughout your day when a quick health break and deep breathing will do you good.
Y a tightness, heaviness, or pressure y a burning, crushing, or squeezing feeling over a general area in the front portion of the chest y the feeling that somebody has just piled heavy weights on your chest or that your chest is in a vise (it can sometimes almost take your breath away) y a dull, aching pain, usually located just to the left of the breastbone or sternum over the heart y discomfort that radiates from the chest to the back or the neck and even up to the jaw and teeth (sometimes there is only jaw pain that comes and goes with exertion, or sometimes the angina radiates from the chest over the heart, or down one arm or the other, usually the left arm) y in some patients, angina will actually present as a pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen and even cause nausea. When this occurs, it can mimic gall bladder disease, esophageal disease, or stomach ulcers
If you're hyperventilating, it feels as if you can't catch your breath, and you breathe rapidly. The cause may actually be an anxiety attack unrelated to heart disease. Often a physician is needed to distinguish between tachypnea and hyperventilation.
Physical therapy sessions are prescribed for children with ASDs to enhance their physical abilities. Impairments of movement can interfere with develop-mentally appropriate functioning. Some children with ASDs can have low muscle tone, as well as poor posture, balance, and coordination. Physical therapy sessions can treat these impairments by providing passive, active, resistive, or aerobic exercise as well as training in functional and developmental skills. Physical therapists implement procedures to increase endurance, motor control, and motor planning. They incorporate therapeutic exercises along with equipment such as weights, exercise balls, and BAPS boards (balance boards) to increase muscle strength and endurance and to facilitate body awareness and coordination. Aquatic, aerobic, and breathing exercises can also be part of your child's treatment. Physical therapy sessions are typically one-on-one and last 45 minutes. They can be administered in the therapist's office or in...
Also, facilitators and inhibitors of the flow experience in professional dance were considered such as music, choreography, preperformance routines, costumes and make-up, stage setting, and relationships with others. Being comfortable with the choreography and feeling the music facilitated the occurrence of flow. Flow was greatly reduced when dancers did not have the opportunity to engage in preperformance routines which include mechanisms for controlling anxiety such as relaxation, breathing techniques, stretching and mentally rehearsing. Costumes facilitated dancers entering another reality while make-up acted as a mask while on stage. Traveling and dancing in unfamiliar environments was considered a negative influence on the ability to experience flow. Feeling comfortable and confident in the social environment -for example, receiving corrections and criticism in a constructive way from the choreographers - was reported as an important facilitator of flow. These elements could be...
For maintenance of anaesthesia, a balanced anaesthetic technique using N20 and opioids with careful use of volatile or i.v. agents is appropriate. Volatile agents possess marked cardiovascular depressant effects and require careful administration. However, they are suitable for minor procedures with a spontaneous breathing technique. The effects of anaesthetic agents on the circulation are discussed in Chapters 13 and 14.
The history of massage is four to five thousand years old. The renowned 2700 B.C. Chinese text, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, recommends that breathing exercises, massage of the skin and flesh, and exercises of the hand and feet be used to treat paralysis, chills, and fever. Early Egyptian tomb paintings display therapeutic massage, clearly indicating its application in that part of the ancient world as well (see Reflexology, Chapter 27).
Now, focus attention on the muscles of your chest. Loosen the muscles of your chest. Try and make your breathing smooth and slow, calm and peaceful. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out tension. Tense your shoulders by thrusting your shoulders back and noticing the tension. Hold the tension and then release and relax. Finally tense your shoulders by moving and lifting them up and holding them for five seconds. Release, relax, deepen the relaxation by breathing deeply and slowly. Your hands, arms, and shoulders now will form a ring of relaxation. Focus attention on your breathing. Create tension by taking a deep breath and holding it. The tension will spread gradually. Allow the tension to build until it is mildly uncomfortable. Then breathe out. Breathe deeply and slowly for three breaths. Imagine that you are breathing in through the bottom of your feet. Breathe out through your mouth or nose. If you begin to feel dizzy, breathe more slowly. Now create tension by exhaling all your...
Relaxation is a behavior that is usually incompatible with the experience of anxiety, distress, or pain. Through relaxation, children can regulate their emotional and physical responses to stressful events by learning to reduce physiological changes associated with stress and pain (e.g., increased heart rate, breathing, temperature, and muscle tension). Commonly used relaxation strategies include deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation. Although progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing are intended to directly influence somatic reactions, imagery-based relaxation aims to induce somatic reactions indirectly by influencing cognitions. Other studies have indicated an interaction between the effectiveness of the relaxation strategy and the age of the child. For example, in a study utilizing distraction and breathing techniques with a party blower to help children cope with chemother
Jay et al. (1987) compared the effectiveness of a CBT intervention package with a pharmacological intervention (Valium 0.3 mg kg) and a control condition. The authors utilized a repeated-measures counterbalanced design across the three conditions with 58 children receiving bone marrow aspirations. Children in the CBT group received a treatment package that included filmed modeling, breathing exercises, positive incentives, imagery distraction, and behavioral rehearsal. Results indicated that the CBT intervention group exhibited significantly lower behavioral distress, pain ratings, and pulse rates than the control group. Moreover, except for lower diastolic blood pressure, there were no other significant differences between the control group and the pharmacological intervention group.
Joan was a 39-year-old professional who had developed free-floating anxiety, a chronic sense of uneasiness. Her family life had all the usual stresses, plus she held a demanding job. She couldn't explain it, but she did not feel comfortable or able to relax. Acupuncture treatments were given once weekly for five weeks. She began to feel better and did acupressure and Qi Gong breathing exercises at home. Now she is able to handle the challenges that her teenage children throw her way and can sleep well at night. Acupuncture and acupressure can bring quick relief to symptoms of anxiety. By strengthening your body with herbal medicine, exercise, and solid nutrition, you can go a long way toward leveling off anxiety. Home acupressure self-care and breathing exercises can help relieve acute anxiety episodes and give your confidence a boost. Deep-breathing medical Qi Gong can lift your spirits from depression. Anxiety results from fight-or-flight reactions to no specific threat or concern.
If you are under stress, your muscles tighten, the heart beats more rapidly, and breathing becomes fast and shallow. Relax both your mind and body by learning simple relaxation routines that slow down your body's stress responses. The breathing technique shown here may help to reduce stress. For more information, ask your doctor if he or she can recommend any relaxation classes.
In the anesthetic literature, more study and effort has been devoted to the effects of anesthesia and surgery on the respiratory complications of upper abdominal and thoracic surgery than on any other topic. In thoracic surgery, the importance of being able to use high oxygen concentrations with regional anesthesia, without the concomitant use of potent cardiovascular and respiratory depressants, is a decided advantage. Postoperatively, such techniques allow patients to emerge responsive and pain-free. This enables them to perform adequate deep breathing and coughing maneuvers in the recovery room, thus reducing pulmonary morbidity rates.
The subjective sensation of ''shortness of breath'' is dyspnea. Dyspnea is an important manifestation of cardiopulmonary disease, although it is found in other states such as neurologic, metabolic, and psychologic conditions. It is important to differentiate dyspnea from the objective finding of tachypnea, or rapid breathing. A patient may be observed to be breathing rapidly while stating that he or she is not short of breath. The converse is also true a patient may be breathing slowly but have dyspnea. Never assume that a patient with a rapid respiratory rate is dyspneic.
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