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