Older Adults_Bars-Geriatric Pain

FAST FACTS: Relaxation

Relaxation is a state or condition of 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 Should You Do:

  • Write down and share information about your pain with your healthcare provider
  • Consider using a Pain Diary to note important information useful to the provider
  • Try a this and/or another non-drug treatment and document the impact on your pain in your Pain Diary


Adapted from: 1. 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). 

Revised 3/2020

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