Relaxation can be used to help you manage your pain. It can help to reduce tension and break the vicious cycle of anxiety, stress and pain. Like any skill it takes practice to learn well.

Relaxation is not just doing nothing, reading a book, watching TV or sitting down for a bit, although you may enjoy doing some of these things. Relaxation is an active process. 

  • Relaxation involves changing your body’s responses to pain and painful experiences. The benefits of changing these responses include:
  • Reduced muscle spasms
  • Releasing endorphins (our natural painkillers), which reduce pain
  • Reduced effects of stress
  • A lower breathing rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A lower heart rate
  • Improved sleep
  • A calm mind, so thinking becomes clearer and more effective
  • Helping you to feel more in control

You may also like to listen to the Relaxation audio provided by the Somerset Community Pain Management Service.

Acknowledgement: We are very grateful to the Somerset Community Pain Management Service for granting permission to share their factsheets and content for this section of the website.