FAST FACTS: Non-Drug Treatment: Relaxation


Relaxation is being free from anxiety and muscle tension.

Benefits of Relaxation:


  • Relives pain by:
    • Loosening tense muscles
    • Distracting individual from pain and symptoms
    • Decreasing stress
    • Helping to code

Relaxation Techniques:

  • Deep breathing
  • Listening to music
  • Thinking of peaceful images
  • Repeating the same word or phrase over and over
  • Meditation

What else can the caregiver do?

  • Write down and share information about your family member’s pain with their healthcare provider
  • Use a Pain Diary to 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


  1. 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). 
  2. WedMD. October 13, 2020. Stress Relaxation and Natural Pain Relief. Accessed 2.21.2022.

Revised January 2022

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