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Stress Management for Health Course

Health Benefits of Relaxation

  

"Regular elicitation of the relaxation response has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress related disorders. In fact, to the extent that any disease that is caused or made worse by stress, the Relaxation Response can help."

(Prof. Herbert Benson MD)

Research has indicated that regular elicitation of the relaxation response, along with other stress management strategies, can have a beneficial effect on a number of stress related physiological and psychological health problems. In fact it can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress.  Relaxation is not a panacea for all ills, but should be used as part of an overall stress management strategy.  A few examples of health problems that can be helped by the relaxation response together with other self-care strategies, include conditions such as:

Gastrointestinal

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ulcers

Heart Burn

Skin

Eczema

Psoriasis

Dermatitis

Urticaria

Acne

 

Respiratory

Asthma

Emphysema

Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

Psychological

Anxiety/Stress

Depression

Panic attacks

 

Immune

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Herpes Simplex

Colds and Flu

Neurological

Multiple Sclerosis

Migraine

Epilepsy

Reproductive

Infertility

Childbirth

Menopause

Premenstrual Syndrome

Endometriosis

Impotence

 

Cardiovascular

Heart beat irregularities

High Blood Pressure

Heart Disease

Angina Pectoris

Raynaulds

 

Musculoskeletal

Headaches

Arthritis

Back pain

Fibromyalgia

General

Insomnia

Chronic Pain

Endocrine

Diabetes Mellitus

 

 

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