Depending how it is used, breathing may reduce pain or accentuate pain. For example, during child birth proper breathing can be used to manage the pain. On the other hand, improper breathing techniques can increase the pain many fold.
When we are in danger, in a panic, or very anxious (as we might be when we sense a migraine is coming), we tend to take short, shallow breaths that reduce the amount of oxygen we take into our body. When you sense the onset of your migrain attacks, it's very possible that you exacerbate the pain by changing your breathing pattern. Deep breathing exercises can help you normalize your breathing, which will reduce the intensity of your pain.
If you experience hyperventilation during your migraine attack, please do the following
breathing exercise as a first aid:
Pranayama, the yoga science of breathing and the various breathing exercises that are useful to manage pain.
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