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Using Relaxation in Coping with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Relaxation training is an integral component of behavioral therapies for managing chronic pain, promoting health, and helping patients cope with life-threatening illness. Relaxation can also assist in managing functional GI disorders. How relaxation works and methods are described. Reviewed 2009.

Topics: Brain-Gut, CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), relaxation, Stress

About the Authors

  • Kenneth R. Jones, PhD

    Program Manager for "MOVE!", VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Office of Patient Care Services, Durham, NC

  • Steve Heymen, MS

    Instructor of Medicine/Certified Biofeedback Therapist, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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