- High levels of anxiety and distress are associated with the diagnosis, treatment, and remission stages of cancer.
- Psychological symptoms have the potential to negatively influence functional performance, quality of life, overall health, and recovery of individuals with cancer.
- Improvements in occupational performance and quality of life, as well as reductions in anxiety and pain have been demonstrated in a variety of health conditions with the use of therapeutic relaxation techniques, such as:
- Yoga/Tai Chi
- Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)
- Relaxation Training
- Research continues to emerge investigating trends in use, patient experiences, and efficacy of therapeutic relaxation techniques with individuals living with cancer.
Recommended CitationGilmore, OTS, Abigail; Schwoyer, OTS, Brianna; and Zapletal, MS< OTR/L, Audrey, "Evaluating the Use of Relaxation Interventions to Promote Participation and Quality of Life in Individuals with Cancer" (2015). Department of Occupational Therapy, Presentations. Paper 29.