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The body responds to
stress with muscle tension, which can cause pain or
discomfort. In turn, tense muscles relay to the body that it's stressed, which keeps the stress–muscle-tension cycle going. Progressive muscle relaxation helps break this cycle by reducing muscle tension and general
mental anxiety. Progressive muscle relaxation often helps people get to
You can use a recording to help you go through all the
muscle groups, or you can just learn the order of muscle groups and work
through them from memory.
Progressive muscle relaxation is sometimes combined with
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
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