The impact of muscle relaxation techniques on the quality of life of cancer patients, as measured by the FACT-G questionnaire

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Paula Parás-Bravo; Paloma Salvadores-Fuentes; Cristina Alonso-Blanco; María Paz-Zulueta; Miguel Santibañez-Margüello; Domingo Palacios-Ceña; Ester Boixadera-Planas; César Fernández-de-las-Peñas


Scholarcy highlights

  • Patients with cancer frequently suffer from emotional distress, characterized by psychological symptoms such as anxiety or depression
  • We found significant improvements for all subscales: emotional wellbeing, functional wellbeing, physical wellbeing, and social and family context
  • The complexity of cancer processes and treatment is associated with emotional distress
  • Information collected in the data collection notebook included: 1) sociodemographic and medical characteristics; 2), oncological process; 3) mental health issues; and 4) other variables related to the intervention, such as symptoms that motivated participation in the study and questions including “Have you practiced the technique at home?” and “How many times do you practice the technique in a week?”
  • The present study indicates that patients with cancer with symptoms of anxiety who received a protocol of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation training improved their perceived quality of life, as measured by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General
  • Patients received two reiki sessions plus one muscle relaxation session per week for 8 consecutive weeks. The latter was recommended to be practiced daily at home. Those authors did not find differences in overall FACT-G scores, statistically significant improvements were detected in emotional wellbeing
  • These cancerassociated symptoms negatively affect patients’ quality of life; implementation of interventions to improve these complaints should be a primary objective of health services

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