Relaxation

Relaxation training has obvious psychological effects such as relieving stress and mental tension. Moreover, relaxation may help ward off disease by improving the immune system[2][4]. It also helps to lower blood pressure[3][5] and so decreases the likelihood of stroke and heart attack. Relaxation techniques has also shown to reduce symptoms or improve outcomes in the following conditions: Stress, Premenstrual syndrome, Pain, Irritable bowel syndrome, Anxiety, Infertility, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes, Panic disorders, Chronic tension headaches, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Psoriasis, Arthritis, ADHD, Labor and child birth[1].

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      • [1] Relaxation techniques - Penn State Hershey Medical Center. View
      • [2] Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Glaser, R., Strain, E., Stout, J., Tarr, K., Holliday, J., & Speicher, C. E. (1986). Modulation of cellular immunity in medical students. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 9, 5-21. View
      • [3] Yen, Lee-Lan, et al. Comparison of relaxation techniques, routine blood pressure measurements, and self-learning packages in hypertension control. Preventive Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 3, May/June 1996, pp. 339-45. View
      • [4] Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Glaser R. Stress and immune function in humans. In: Ader R, Felten D, Cohen N, editors. Psychoneuroimmunology II. San Diego: Academic Press; 1991. pp. 849–867.
      • [5] Carson, Margaret A.; Hathaway, Amy; Tuohey, John P.; McKay, Brenda M. (1988)The effect of a relaxation technique on coronary risk factors. Behavioral Medicine, Vol 14(2), 1988, 71-77. View
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