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Can deep breathing reduce stress?

Absolutely, deep breathing can reduce stress. Stress and anxiety will alter breathing patterns causing tension in the upper back, and neck muscles. Tension in these areas leads to chronic tension headaches, development of trigger points and possible chest pain.  Deep breathing causes you to focus on rhythmic smooth breathing patterns and will relieve muscle tension. For an added benefit deep breathing will bring more oxygen to the body and help nourish the brain. 

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