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 less pain.
Andrew W. Piasecki, MD, Camden Bone and Joint, LLC, Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine, Camden, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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