Manzoni, G. M., et al. (2008). Relaxation training for anxiety: a ten-years systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 8(14). [from the Abstract]. Read article in full.
Relxation training is a common treatment for anxiety problems. acking is a recent quantitative meta-analysis that enhances understanding of the variability and clinical significance of anxiety reduction outcomes after relaxation treatment. Twenty-seven studies were included, drawing on international research between 1997 and 2007.
The authors concluded that their meta-analytical study shows consistent and significant efficacy of relaxation training in reducing anxiety. They found that applied relaxation, progressive relaxation and meditation showed greater effect sizes than other techniques.