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Stress Management and Health

Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 02:10 PM
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Stress management, or relaxation, has been proven in scientific studies again and again to have direct benefits to one’s overall health and wellness.  By exercising, eating right, and practicing some of the relaxation techniques listed below, you will help prevent a myriad of emotional and physical health problems, including dental problems, which are directly related to stress and the lack of stress relief.

Relaxation stands quite generally for a release of tension, a return to equilibrium.  In psychology, relaxation is the emotional state of low tension, in which there is an absence of arousal that could come from sources such as anger, anxiety, or fear.

A relaxation technique (also known as relaxation training) is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of anxiety, stress, or anger.  Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breathing rates, among other health benefits.  Relaxation definitely helps with your dental care and dental treatments and we advocate relaxation techniques that work for you.

Background

Since the 1960s, research has indicated strong correlations between chronic stress and physical and emotional health.  Meditation was among the first relaxation techniques shown to have a measurable effect on stress reduction.  In the 1970s, self-help books teaching relaxation techniques began to appear on bestsellers lists.  In 1975, The Relaxation Response by Harvard Medical School professor Herbert Benson, MD and Miriam Z. Klipper was published.  Their book has been credited with popularizing meditation in the United States.

Research released in the 1980s indicated stronger ties between stress and health and showed benefits from a wider range of relaxation techniques than had been previously known.  This research received national media attention, including a New York Times article in 1986, Conventional medical philosophy adopted the concept, and its early Twenty-first Century practitioners recommend using relaxation techniques to improve patient outcomes in many situations.  Relaxation techniques are also a mainstay of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

People use relaxation techniques for the following reasons, among others:

Anger management

Anxiety attacks

Autoimmune Disease therapy

Cardiac health

Depression

General well-being

Headache

High blood pressure

Immune system support

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