How Can Breathwork and PT Help?

Breathwork and Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Long Covid

If you suffer from Long Covid, chronic pain, and/or fatigue, you could benefit from a Breathing Assessment and Program. Breathwork is a practice that involves focusing on your breath and using it to control your physical and emotional state. Dr. E has studied under numerous breathing experts and is able to a

How can breathwork help with overbreathing, chronic pain, and fatigue?

Breathwork can help with overbreathing by slowing down your breathing and increasing your carbon dioxide levels. This can help to relieve symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, and chronic pain.

Breathwork can also help to reduce chronic pain and fatigue by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's "rest and digest" response. When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, the body releases hormones that reduce inflammation and pain. Breathwork can also help to improve sleep quality and reduce stress. Both of these factors can contribute to chronic pain and fatigue.

How can physical therapy help with overbreathing, chronic pain, and fatigue?

Physical therapy can help with overbreathing, chronic pain, and fatigue in a number of ways. Dr. E will teach you specific breathing exercises to help you control your breathing and reduce overbreathing. Other strategies may include manual therapy to improve chest/rib mobility and spinal resets to improve your ability to breath properly.

After a thorough examination, Dr. E will give you a custom Recovery Plan to help restore your breathing mechanics and chemistry. 4-6 sessions over 2-3 months and you should notice improvement in pain, energy levels, and overall function.

Research on Breathwork

Research has shown that breathwork and physical therapy can be effective treatments for overbreathing, chronic pain, and fatigue. For example, a study published in the journal Pain found that people with chronic low back pain who received a combination of breathwork and physical therapy had better outcomes than those who received physical therapy alone.

Another study, published in the journal Respiratory Medicine, found that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who participated in a breathwork program had reduced breathlessness and improved exercise tolerance.

A third study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that people with chronic pain who received a combination of physical therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which includes breathwork, had reduced pain and improved function than those who received CBT alone.


Schedule a visit with Dr. E if you need help with fatigue, Long Covid symptoms, or chronic pain.


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Pinto-Neves, D., Silva, R. R., Cardoso, J., Pereira, A. P., & Ferreira, J. (2019). The effect of respiratory retraining on breathlessness and exercise tolerance in patients with COPD: A randomised controlled trial. Respiratory Medicine, 151, 113-119.

Williams, A. C., Eccleston, C., Morley, S., Williams, K., & Fisher, E. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of a combined cognitive-behavioral therapy and physical therapy intervention for chronic pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 156(11), 753-762.