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What is cue-controlled relaxation?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Cue-controlled relaxation is a combination of deep breathing and repetition of the word "relax."
  • While you can perform this activity seated, many find that it is easier to do while lying flat on your back on the floor.
  • Begin this exercise with a slow, deep, abdominal breath.
  • Place your hand over your abdomen to make sure that it is moving in and out with each breath. After breathing in, hold your breath for 5-10 seconds, and then breathe out, slowly repeating the word "relax." Repeat.
  • After you are comfortable with this method, you should be able to close your eyes and take a deep breath as above before dealing with stressful situations, such as a doctor's visit, a meeting with the boss, or a discussion with your spouse. This will relax your system and reduce the effect of stressful situations on your pain-provoking mechanisms and headaches.
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