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 Back Pain  Holistic-online.com

Relaxation

Relaxation techniques provide important and useful means of managing pain.
Muscle relaxation decreases or prevents muscle spasms, reduces and controls muscle tension, and helps control other physiological mechanisms (altered blood flow, changes in brain chemicals) involved in nervous system arousal and pain production. Muscle relaxation may also reduce anxiety and distress, improve sleep, and distract a person from the pain.

Several relaxation techniques are available. These encourage relaxation of the back muscles by avoiding stress-a common cause of muscular tension.  These include progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, meditation,  visualization, self-hypnosis, and affirmations. They help promote mental and emotional relaxation.

Research by psychologist Francis Keefe at Duke University has shown that relaxation can be effective for patients with low back pain. Several other research on migraines and other chronic pain validates the efficacy of relaxation techniques in managing pain.

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