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Relaxation Therapy

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single therapy/approach. So this section "spotlights" just five - providing a taste of the research available. They were not selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • A small, randomized hospital study (US) showed relaxation therapy resulted in a significant reduction in self-reported anxiety and improved motor activity.
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  • A small, hospital study (US) found that 8 weeks of progressive muscle-relaxation therapy on elderly tension-headache sufferers led to 50%+ decreases in headache activity for the majority of subjects.
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  • A Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (Iran) single blinded, randomized study (220 patients) concluded that relaxation therapy combined with standard drug treatment was more effective in reducing blood pressure and managing hypertension, than drug therapy alone.
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  • A University of Melbourne (AU) review of 15 randomized controlled trials concluded relaxation therapy was effective - but not as effective as cognitive-behavior therapy - for depressed patients. Conclusion: relaxation therapy has potential as a first-line treatment for depression.
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  • BiA Cochrane review of 25 randomized controlled trials (1,198 participants) concluded that while relaxation therapies reduce blood pressure by a modest amount, the quality of the trials wasn’t strong enough to confirm a causal association between relaxation therapy and blood pressure.
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  • Effects of progressive relaxation on anxiety and quality of life in female students: a non-randomized controlled trial.
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  • A randomised study of the effects of massage therapy compared to guided relaxation on well-being and stress perception among older adults.
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