may serve to distract people from focusing constructively on the upcoming surgery, Salmon suggests.
has useful short-termeffects, however, on hypertensives whose blood pressures are not controlled by medications, report W.
Only 27% of the subjects randomized to relaxation training
had significant improvement.
This includes a discussion of fears and phobias, relaxation training
and thought stopping, a cognitive therapy.
Recommendations to physicians for treating headaches included the advice to go beyond pharmacotherapy to endorse relaxation training
, thermal biofeedback, and behavioral therapy (See box.
Are you aware that new drug therapies and other alternatives such as relaxation training
, biofeedback and dietary changes provide physicians with unique therapies to treat patients who suffer from migraine and severe headache pain?
Mind-body therapies for headache Therapy Findings Biofeedback (26-30) Decreased frequency, intensity, and duration of headaches Cognitive, stress reduction (38) Decreased headache Relaxation training
(52-55) Decreased frequency, intensity, and duration of headaches, increase in headache-free days Concentration exercises (56) Decreased frequency and duration, increased intensity of headaches Progressive relaxation (25) Reduction in headache hours Self-hypnosis (36) Reduction in headache number, no change in intensity vs propranolol Cognitive-behavioral therapy (40) Similar efficacy if administered by therapist or self-administered Table 6.
may be used to reduce performance anxiety, remove localized tension, promote sleep before competition or performance, and teach athletes and musicians how to regulate muscular tension.
Previous research (Gonzales, 1995; Kennedy & Doepke, 1999; Proeger & Myrick, 1980) provides data to support the effectiveness of relaxation training
for secondary and college-age students.
Treatment involves educating the patient about the normal sexual response and teaching her how to identify her anatomy, including the clitoris, along with progressive-muscle or focused-breathing relaxation training
and home masturbation training.
A multicomponent treatment approach consisting of relaxation training
, systematic desensitization, and cognitive-behavioral interventions was utilized to treat test anxiety in a college student female.
Stress management, relaxation training
, and assertiveness training are other beneficial skills for clients to acquire.