Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Stress and Insomnia

Medical Author: Melissa Stoppler, M.D.
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety, relieve insomnia, and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain. Progressive muscle relaxation is based upon the simple practice of tensing, or tightening, one muscle group at a time followed by a relaxation phase with release of the tension. Doctors have used progressive muscle relaxation in combination with standard therapies for symptom relief in a number of conditions, including headaches, cancer pain, high blood pressure, and digestive disturbances.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014

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