Relaxation and Disability: Can Meditation Help Me?


Millions of people live with painful disabilities every day. Medications and other medical treatments can be a great help, but often don’t completely eliminate symptoms. Daily, healthy habits can make life more comfortable for many people with disabilities. Relaxation is one of these habits. We don’t know everything about the relationship between relaxation and disability. However, it is clear that regular relaxation and meditation can help reduce the pain and anxiety associated with many conditions.

Summit Disability Law Group is dedicated to helping its clients. Our ultimate goal is to help you win disability benefits, but that is not our only goal. We want to help you live a fulfilling life with your disability. In this post, we will outline how relaxation techniques can help you do just that.

Relaxation and Disability: Health Benefits of Meditation

There are many different types of relaxation. Some focus on relieving tension in muscles, while others focus on the mind. Some of the most useful methods include the following:

  • Visualization
    • Have you tried to relax by picturing a peaceful beach or meadow? Then you have used visualization. Think of a place that you find comfortable and relaxing. Use all of your senses to picture it in detail. Make a habit of doing this when you are anxious or mentally stressed.
  • Muscle relaxation
    • Relaxing your muscles can help reduce physical stress and pain. You can do this in different ways. One idea is to practice visualization, and then focus on deep, soothing breaths. You can also relax each muscle group in your body one at a time. Go through each group (chest, arms, legs, etc.) and tense them for a few seconds. Then, relax for thirty seconds and repeat.
  • Meditation
    • There are many ways to meditate, but we will focus on one simple way. Find a comfortable position (laying down, sitting on a chair, etc.) and close your eyes. Try to relax completely, and focus on your breath and the way your body moves when you breathe. You don’t need to do this for long. Try to make it a habit for best results.

These techniques are no substitute for medication and treatment by a medical professional. However, they may help relieve some of the pain, anxiety, or stress caused by a disability. Discuss relaxation and disability with your doctor to find out if these techniques may help you.

Additional Disability Resources

The experienced attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group help clients win disability benefits. We know how important these benefits are to the people who need them. We will do all we can to help you build a strong case.

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