How to get rid of a stitch

A woman touching her abdomen

It doesn’t matter how you get it, it just matters how you get rid of it. Deep breathing, good posture, avoid eating – let’s get rid of stitches today

We all need to avoid the obvious – stitches in running is the number one killer of performance, and your game can suffer greatly because of it. A side stitch is the most common, but if we simply adjust our breathing pattern, breathe deeply or accommodate for different muscle groups, we can stop side stitches and other stitches too.

Internal organ examination is one thing, and sports medicine is another, but the simple answer to common muscle cramps, and other cramps that can easily be avoided, is to maintain a decent running technique. It’s all in the methodology. So it’s a good job we’re going to be running through some methodology today, and helping you to understand what it is that can stop you from feeling pain from stitches.

Breathing deeply

Taking a breath is one thing, but breathing deeply is another. If you feel your abdominal muscles cramping, then a great remedy is to deep breathe. What this does is help to contract your muscles, move oxygenated blood around your body, and help to maintain a healthy biological fuel level for cardio activity.

To reduce the pain of a contracted muscle, take a deep breath. Then, breathe out slowly. Repeat this several times. Taking slow, deep breaths may also help ensure that your muscles are getting a fresh supply of oxygenated blood.


Repetitive torso movement is one of the biggest causes of cramps. And with most exercises causing repetitive torso movement, you need to be prepared for muscle cramping. You could try what the healthline says is the best way to combat this…

  1. Raise your arm that’s on the opposite side of where your stitch is above your head.
  2. Bend gently in the direction of where your stitch is, keeping your arm raised.


Some think about exertion, while others think about blood flow. They’re all linked, but in essence, it’s hard to know what exactly is causing yours. It doesn’t matter if you have blood-related transient abdominal pain, or even something similar, the dreaded side stitch can be easily obtained. To try and avoid stitches, make sure to warm up. To expand, abdominal pain that results from your muscles being irritated by extra motion in your torso area has also been linked to pain in the shoulder, so target that area if you need to.


Internal organs can be affected if not treated properly so it’s good to check on your stitches and think beyond a case-by-case basis. Linking stitches to stronger medical issues is worth trying, but usually, it’s a case of warming up, breathing properly, and checking your health to see if something could be causing this issue.

Are stitches only in your side and not your chest?

They can do, it completely depends. Some really do only feel it in the side areas but others can have stitches in the center too. it’s all down to your body and your routines.

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