Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a deep relaxation method that helps to relieve chronic pain symptoms while also regulating tension and anxiety. It is a technique for alleviating muscle tension. Progressive muscle relaxation is based on the simple principle of tensing (or tightening) one muscle group at a time while inhaling, then relaxing and releasing the tension as you exhale. Your muscle groups are worked on in a certain order.

Doctors have used progressive muscle relaxation in conjunction with standard therapy for symptom relief in a number of conditions, including headaches, cancer pain, high blood pressure, and digestive issues.

People who suffer from insomnia frequently say that practicing progressive muscle relaxation at night helps them fall asleep. Progressive muscle relaxation is also a great way to understand more about your body and the signals it’s sending you. You may learn to accurately identify and reduce the signs and indications of stress and tension in your body with practice and time.