Relaxation therapy is a behavioral therapy used to relieve psychological stress and fatigue. It can be guided by a therapist or trainer or done alone.
A variety of methods are used in relaxation therapy, and it is often combined with other practices including guided imagery and biofeedback. Relaxation can be achieved using methods including imagery, breathing exercises, focused muscle tensing and relaxing, and others.
Relaxation therapy is used for stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It is also used for fear of social situations (social anxiety and social phobia) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some people try it for pain, including headache and jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Other uses included relief of cancer treatment side effects, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), metabolic syndrome, and many other conditions.
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Relaxation therapy is a behavioral therapy used for psychological stress and fatigue. It is thought that stress results in increased nervous system activity. This could have a negative effect on certain diseases. Relaxation therapy is thought to decrease nervous system activity, slow heart rate, decrease blood pressure, decrease anxiety, improve mood, and give a sense of control in people with medical conditions.
There are no known safety concerns. Relaxation therapy has been safely used in several clinical trials.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: More information is needed to determine whether it’s safe to use relaxation therapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding. But so far there’s no reason to believe that it might be harmful.
It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines.
Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The appropriate or safe use of relaxation therapy depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.
Abbreviated Muscle Relaxation Therapy, Applied Relaxation, Jacobson Muscle Relaxation, MRT, Muscle Relaxation Training, PMRT, Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training, Progressive Relaxation, Relaxation Appliquée, Relaxation de Jacobson, Relaxation Musculaire Profonde, Relaxation Musculaire Progressive, Relaxation Training, Relaxation Treatment, RT, Terapia de Relajación, Therapeutic Relaxation, Thérapie de Relaxation, Traitement de Relaxation.
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