Why it is important
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. It also helps to lower blood pressure 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.
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