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How can relaxation help you manage pain?

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Meditation and deep breathing are two techniques to try. You could also picture a peaceful scene, do some gentle stretching, or listen to music you love. Another technique is to scan your body slowly in your mind and consciously try to relax each part of your body, one by one, from head to toe. Any healthy activity that helps you unwind is good for you and can help you feel better prepared to manage your pain.

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

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