Chronic pain in any one body part may distort the intensity with which a key brain region perceives pain everywhere else. Designed by evolution to help us avoid injury and be more likely to survive, our brains are wired to generate alarm when we are injured, and fear when we again encounter the same injury source. (May 19, 2017)
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Take a Deep Breath
Did you know your brain has what scientists call a “breathing pacemaker” in your brainstem? This neural circuit can be adjusted by breathing rhythm, which in turn influences emotional reactions to stress. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, one of the most basic things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it is also easy to ignore.
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