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Relaxation & Pain Management

The relaxation response can play a role in managing chronic and acute pain.

Schaffer, Susan D., PhD, ARNP; Yucha, Carolyn B., PhD, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: August 2004 - Volume 104 - Issue 8 - p 75-82

Nonpharmacologic methods of pain management can diminish the emotional components of pain, strengthen coping abilities, give patients a sense of control, contribute to pain relief, decrease fatigue, and promote sleep.

Susan D. Schaffer is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Florida–Gainesville, where Carolyn B. Yucha is a professor and associate dean for research. Contact author: Susan D. Schaffer:

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.