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Schmerz. 2011 Aug;25(4):445-53. doi: 10.1007/s00482-011-1019-2.

[Relaxation techniques for chronic pain].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Tagesklinik für interdisziplinäre Schmerztherapie, DRK Schmerz-Zentrum Mainz.


Relaxation techniques are an integral part of the psychological therapy of chronic pain and follow very different objectives. These techniques lead to muscular and vegetative stabilization, serve as distraction from pain, to build up the internal focus of control and thus to improve self-efficacy. Additional targets are improvement of body awareness and stress management, shielding from sensory stimuli and recurrence prevention of migraine as well a sleeping aid. The most commonly used and best studied method is progressive muscle relaxation which has a good compliance because it is easy to learn and has a high plausibility for patients.

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