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Can slow, deep breathing reduce pain, and if so how?
Recently, there has been increasing attention toward the complexity and biopsychosocial nature of pain, and the need for multidisciplinary pain management has been increasingly acknowledged. Various mind-body interventions are being used for pain management, and some of them have been found to be effective. Slow, deep breathing is a commonly applied mind-body intervention for the management of pain. Some of the previous clinical/experimental studies found an influence of slow, deep breathing on pain outcomes. However, the results have not been consistent and the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Some of the proposed mechanisms are emotional and cognitive modulation of pain perception and stimulation of the arterial baroreceptors and pulmonary vagal afferents.
Dr Gholamrezaei will present the results of multiple experimental studies evaluating the effect of slow, deep breathing on pain perception and investigating the underlying psychophysiological mechanisms. He will present how we study slow, deep breathing in the laboratory, how different breathing techniques can influence cardiovascular responses, and how such cardiovascular responses may explain the hypoalgesic effects of slow, deep breathing. He will then present his investigations on the effect of slow, deep breathing on different experimental models of somatic and visceral pain, what physiological and psychological responses can mediate the effects on pain, and what factors can moderate the effects. Finally, Dr Gholamrezaei will discuss the potential clinical implications of these findings.
The webinar will commence at 7pm AEST.
Dr Ali Gholamrezaei
Pain Management Research Institute
University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Ali Gholamrezaei studied Medicine and worked as a general physician in Iran between 2010 and 2015. He also worked as a Clinical Research Associate in Medical Research Institutes in Iran for about 10 years and led and contributed to interdisciplinary research in chronic medical conditions. He conducted his PhD research at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) between 2015 and 2019, and conducted multiple experiments on breathing exercises as self-management techniques for pain and the underlying psychophysiological mechanisms.
Dr Ali Gholamrezaei is currently a Research Fellow at the Pain Management Research Institute working on the development and evaluation of digital behavioral interventions for chronic pain management. He is also interested in Experimental Health Psychology and Psychophysiology and has international collaborations in these fields.
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