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- Autogenic Training
- Guided Imagery
- Guided Visualizations
- Imagery, Guided
- Jacobsen's Relaxation Technique
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Mildfulness-based Cognitive Therapies
- Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR)
- Relaxation Response
- Transcendental Meditation (TM)
- Visualizations, Guided
Principal Proposed Uses
Other Proposed Uses
- Anxiety of Various Types
- Back Pain
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Cancer Treatment Support
- Colds (Prevention)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Herpes (Prevention)
- HIV Support
- Immune Support
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Migraine Headaches
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Pregnancy Support
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Tension Headaches
- Ulcerative Colitis
What Are Relaxation Therapies?
What Are Relaxation Therapies Used for?
What Is the Scientific Evidence for Relaxation Therapies?
The Possible Benefits of Relaxation Therapy
- Back pain 62,85
- Bulimia nervosa32
- Cancer treatment support , 16-22,91,92 including cancer pain 82
- Chronic pain in general 27-31
- Depression77,84 and depressive symptoms in people with chronic pain 86
- Congestive heart failure60
- Interstitial cystitis66
- Irritable bowel syndrome37,63,81,83,89
- Menopause38, 61
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)78
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)39
- Pregnancy support (reducing perceived stress) 56
- Rheumatoid arthritis41-43,65
- Stress in general 5-7
- Stroke rehabilitation44
- Surgery support (primarily reducing pain and stress before or after surgery) 8-15,51,54
- Tension headaches45,46,88
- Type 2 diabetes94 (may help improve mental health)
- Ulcerative colitis47
How to Choose a Relaxation Therapist
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2012
- Update Date: 09/17/2012