What is progressive muscle relaxation?
Progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR, involves tensing and releasing the muscles, one body part at a time, to bring about a feeling of physical relaxation.
Some studies of breast cancer patients have shown that PMR can help to reduce:
What to expect with progressive muscle relaxation
Researchers report that relaxation training methods, including PMR, work best if a person is trained before cancer treatment starts. The researchers also said that after 2 hours of training from an expert, patients are usually experienced enough to successfully practice the techniques on their own.
For a better idea of what to expect with PMR, try this exercise:
Begin by tensing and relaxing the toes of one foot.
Inhale as you briefly tense your muscles and exhale when releasing the tension.
Gradually, work your way up into the muscles of one leg, tensing and relaxing.
Repeat on the other leg.
Continue up your body, tensing and ...
When people think about muscles, they think about strength. However, muscles have two jobs: to contract and to relax. Muscle contraction causes the muscle fibers to shorten in length, pulling the attached bones with it. This muscle action is the bases of all skeletal movement. If the muscle does not relax after contraction, it is considered hypertonic, spastic or over-active. Hypertonicity causes the skeleton to get stuck in all sorts of abnormal positions and postures. And hypertonicity leads to joint pain. In combination with muscle weakness, hypertonicity amounts to poorly functioning muscles. Muscle therapy is meant address such weakness and hypertonicity in order to create better muscle function and improve painful conditions like shoulder tendonitis, neck pain, and back pain.
Many types of muscle therapy do a great job improving strength, but neglect the relaxation component of muscle function. On the other hand, there are a handful of muscle therapies which induce the ...
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