I’m pleased that images are now available to prove that self-control over pain works. Actually, I and many other moms could have helped the researchers. During childbirth, we simply focused on various breathing techniques and discovered that the pain became manageable or disappeared. I’ve continued to use these breathing techniques in the dentist’s chair for 40 years. Chronic pain is, of course, a different situation. It is interesting, however, to wonder if practiced-breathing and relaxation techniques would be useful for those suffering from this awful situation. Having good science back up anecdotal evidence is surely moving in the best direction.

Linda Mangelsdorf
Newburgh, N.Y.

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