Medical Monday: Breathe2Relax App Offers Stress Relief Via Smartphone

The Breathe2Relax app is a new mobile application for smart phone users released by the Department of Defense can help reduce the stress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.

Designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), provides easily accessible relief for stress and anxiety. Breathe2Relax is a diaphragmatic breathing trainer that uses a smartphone’s interactive learning capabilities to teach deep-breathing exercises through video instruction and interactive demonstrations. It’s simple and effective for controlling stress when used either as a stand-alone tool, or in association with face-to-face psychological health care.

Diaphragmatic breathing (belly-breathing) has widely-known benefits for reducing stress, tension and anxiety by calming the “fight or flight” response. From the first time you launch Breathe2Relax, you can immediately begin the breathing exercise and track its beneficial effects through a simple stress results scale. You can easily customize your Breathe2Relax experience, using the app’s preference settings to select breath duration and number of cycles, as well as choice of music and background images.

Breathe2Relax is a free mobile app available now for the iPhone and iPad through iTunes and is scheduled for release for Android devices in late July. For more information about Breathe2Relax and other available apps, visit www.t2health.org/apps.

smart phone users released by the Department of Defense can help reduce the stress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.
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