Learn to relax

Methods for relaxation can reduce pain and improve your mood. Such methods may even help you sleep more comfortably. Consider:

  • Meditating.
  • Listening to relaxing music.
  • Using guided imagery (a form of visualization; there are audiotapes available to guide you).
  • Trying progressive relaxation (a process where you tense and then relax all of the muscles in your body. The result is a greater sense of calmness and more relaxed muscles).
  • Practicing yoga, tai chi, or chi kung. These are Indian and Chinese exercise programs that combine low-impact movement with meditation, breathing, and other forms of relaxation. They may help both your body and your mind experience less pain.

 

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Review Date: 4/6/2007

Reviewed By: Benjamin D. Roye, M.D., M.P.H., Orthopaedic Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.


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