Tips for an acute side stitch
- Breathe! Proper breathing can contribute to relaxation of the diaphragm and respiratory muscles.
- Use your hand. Press with your hand on the painful area and relieve the pressure while breathing out.
- Shift down a gear.
- Stop for a moment and stretch.
- Stop and bend your upper body forward.
Herein, what does it mean when you get a side stitch while running?
When running, there is increased abdominal pressure pushing up on the diaphragm. At the same time, rapid breathing causes the lungs to expand and this presses down on the diaphragm, a muscle that if “pinched” from above and below, gets less blood flow and spasms, resulting in painful side stitches.
Why do you get a stitch while running?
It's one of the main muscles involved in breathing. Most scientists believe the pain is caused by a reduction in blood supply to the diaphragm, causing it to cramp. The stitch is caused by fluids which the body finds hard to digest. This causes the gut to "tug" on the ligaments connecting it to the diaphragm.