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What is the best way to learn relaxation techniques for pain?

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It’s usually best to work with the help with a trained practitioner. You can learn techniques like meditation and progressive muscle relaxation in a group class and then practice it yourself at home.

If you’ve had psychosis or epilepsy, you may want to speak with your doctor if deep meditation may trigger an episode. Hypnosis or deep relaxation can sometimes worsen psychological problems in people with posttraumatic stress disorder or who are vulnerable to false memories. Talk to your doctor first.

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

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