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Regulated Breathing

Regulated breathing is a behavior therapy technique that involves an effort to slow an individual's breathing rate to below the usual rate and to install a regular breathing rhythm. Regulated breathing therapies, or “relaxed breathing” therapies, are commonly used in combination with other relaxation techniques for reducing physiological tension and arousal and for treating a variety of stress-related conditions. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of regulated breathing as a part of treatment packages that have addressed conditions such as panic, headaches, chronic pain, asthma, hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as for a number of anxiety-related disorders, including stuttering, sports performance anxiety, and panic disorder. In addition, regulated breathing techniques have been used effectively with children, adolescents, and adults involved in relaxation training ...

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