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Reducing stress may be a help

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: 6/29/2011
Reviewed By: 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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