Relaxation Techniques For Pain Relief In Abdominal Surgery Patients Undergoing Meta Analysis


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Currently, a variety of studies show promise that relaxation techniques for pain may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of pain. But, the quality of those studies has been mixed. For instance, a recent study from the University of Glasgow showed that the relaxation techniques for pain used in the study actually increased heart rate and were potentially dangerous.

Restorative Model Of Muscle Monitoring

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The researchers involved in this particular case used what is known as a “restorative model of muscle monitoring.” This type of relaxation technique involves tracking the electrical impulses of the body’s muscles while they are relaxed and then using those data to determine where and how the muscles are activated. The Glasgow researchers used a device called a “neurofeedback” computer to do just that. They hooked up a computer to a pocket PC and then sat the participants in front of it. The person then began to apply pressure to specific areas of their body (neck, back, shoulders, and abdomen) with the hand.

When they relaxed, the computer took notes of the muscle activity. At first, the researchers noted that there was a lot of random movement in the muscles. Over time, they saw that the muscle activity became more rhythmic and regular. The end result: relaxation. What’s more, when they used herbal teas, the participants were more relaxed than they had ever been before and their breathing slow and even deepened.

Herbal Teas As A Way To Relax

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Of course, many people are skeptical of using herbal teas as a way to relax and relieve pain. In addition, they can be extremely expensive. However, it is important to realize that a large percentage of chronic patients who complain of muscle and joint pain actually have stiff muscles. If that is not the case, then why are they complaining? Relaxation techniques for pain really do work and they don’t cost very much.

Deep Breathing

One relaxation technique that works wonders is deep breathing. It works because it reduces tension in the muscles of the chest and throat and allows easier communication between the brain and the rest of the body. So what is a deep breath? It is the slow, controlled, and deep breathing through the nose and out of your mouth, similar to a horse’s breath. In order to do it properly, you have to learn to breathe in and out completely. Most people go through half a cycle without a deep breath, which is how long it takes for the entire body to relax.

Summing Up

All three relaxation techniques for pain relief in patients undergoing abdominal surgery are effective, although some of them may be better than others. Patients should discuss each one with their doctors before trying them out. It is important that you get professional advice for the best one for you. There have been systematic reviews done on all of these methods, and they showed that the majority of them had good effect rates.

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