Relaxation is being free from anxiety and muscle tension.
Benefits of Relaxation:
Relives pain by:
Loosening tense muscles
Distracting individual from pain and symptoms
Helping to code
Listening to music
Thinking of peaceful images
Repeating the same word or phrase over and over
What else can the caregiver do?
Write down and share information about your family member’s pain with their healthcare provider
Use a Pain Diaryto note important information useful to your family member’s healthcare provider
Encourage your family member to try this and/or another non-drug treatment and document the impact on their pain in their Pain Diary
Adapted from: Fouladbakhsh, J.M., et al., Nondrug therapies for pain management among rural older adults. Pain Manag Nurs, 2011. 12(2): p. 70-81. 2. The Nursing Home Pain Management Algorithm Clinical Trial, R01 NR009100, 7/1/05 – 4/30/10; Mary Ersek (PI) Used with permission of Mary Ersek and HPNA (2009).