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What is progressive muscle relaxation as a form of meditation for pain?

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With progressive muscle relaxation, you slowly tense each muscle group, hold the tension briefly, and then let it go. You’ll do this in a systematic way -- for instance, starting with the muscles in your toes and working your way up your body. It helps you become aware of -- and release -- areas where you’re tense.

If you have cardiovascular (heart) disease that’s not under good control, you should skip progressive muscle relaxation. Tensing your abdominal muscles can build up pressure in the chest cavity, slow your pulse, and hamper the flow of blood returning to the heart.

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Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Continuum Health Partners: "Psychological/Mind-Body Therapies."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "Common Questions About Hypnosis,” “Definition of Hypnosis,” “Selecting a Qualified Professional.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association , July 24-31, 1996.

Montgomery, G.H. , April 2000. International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Vickers, A. , October 2001. The Western Journal of Medicine

Breastcancer.org: "What is Meditation?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Relaxation Techniques."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Relaxation Therapies."

News release, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In Depth.”

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: “4-7-8 Breath Relaxation Exercise.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 10, 2017

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