What is Relaxation Techniques?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


A Relaxation technique is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress or tension that can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stress 37 8
General health 25 4
Pain 17 2
Anxious mood 9 3
Awakening due to pain 7 1
Panic attacks 6 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Relaxation Techniques

Side effect Patients
Chest pain 1
Initial increase in pain 1


Based on patients currently using Relaxation Techniques

Dosage Patients
30 min daily 4
20 min daily 3
1 other daily 2
15 min daily 2
20minutes as needed 2
5 min weekly 1
1 hr daily 1
10 min daily 1
14 hr daily 1
20 min twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Relaxation Techniques

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
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Currently using Relaxation Techniques

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 12

Stopped using Relaxation Techniques

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 10
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 11
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6 patient evaluations for Relaxation Techniques

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:

See magdalene's full Relaxation Techniques history

Jul 14, 2010 (Started Jan 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I have tried many different "techniques" and ways: Behavior Modification, Acupuncture (which helped a lot to settle me down), Retreats, Prayer, talking with others about spirituality. All of these ways at times helped me; I have slowed down mentally and physically to spend more time doing the things I really want to do--and less in spending time pleasing others. I have to keep at it, though, or I fall by the wayside. Prayer is the most effective for me. Impact: Change, change, change. My life is different--but oh! How I love it.

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
44 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See jeannie36832's full Relaxation Techniques history

Feb 11, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Despair)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stress)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Severe
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: n
I have:

See Dest's full Relaxation Techniques history

Jul 21, 2009 (Started Oct 20, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Awakening due to pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Initial increase in pain)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: The PT showed me the heel tap & hip rock (I don't know if these are the proper names) are simple enough and I am told that the purpose is to allow built up toxens in the muscles to dissapate, decreasing pain & muscle spasms. They do seem to help some after I've been in the same position (sleeping) for a few hours. I rarely sleep more than 4-5 hours and do turn over a few times, due to pain awakening me.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Initial increase in pain

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