Effect of Relaxation Exercises on Controlling Postoperative Pain

Sacide Yildizeli Topcu, RN, MSc; Ummu Yildiz Findik, RN, MSc, PhD

Disclosures

Pain Manag Nurs. 2012;13(1):11-17. 

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Conclusions and Recommendations

The present research findings determined the effectiveness of relaxation exercises in controlling postoperative pain in patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery. The pain levels were reduced after the relaxation exercises in patients using the same analgesics for pain control. Therefore, relaxation exercises are an effective and supplementary nonpharmacologic method of pain control in patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery. Personal and health-related variables have no effect on pain levels. After an evaluation of the conclusions, relaxation exercises should be recommended for use in postoperative nursing care for more effective pain control in patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery.

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