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Relaxation Techniques

Our bodies feel pain to prompt us to avoid dangerous situations. When we experience pain, it makes us feel tense and ready to respond. Unfortunately, women with chronic pelvic pain can't run away from the danger that is causing their pain. So their tension increases, which in turn exaggerates the amount of pain they feel.

Relaxation techniques work by stopping this vicious cycle. Typically, relaxation techniques teach women to focus on specific muscle groups, tense these muscles and then relax them. By listening to an instructor (either live or on an audio recording), women are guided to work through the major muscle groups of the body, releasing tension and ultimately reducing their pain. Once learned, these techniques can be done at home, in as little as 10 or 15 minutes. In addition to relieving pain, they may also help you respond to tensions caused by stressful situations, at home or work. Because women also use these techniques to deal with the pain of childbirth, more specific information about relaxation techniques is available in our Pregnancy Health Centre.

Other approaches like yoga and meditation may also help relieve your pain by promoting relaxation. Because these approaches often include a spiritual element, some women find them more meaningful.

 

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Chronic Pelvic Pain

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