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Progressive muscular relaxation (PMR)

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  • Progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) is a type of relaxation therapy used to treat medical conditions caused by stress.
  • Muscular tension is the most common symptom of stress, and it can lead to stiffness, pain, discomfort, distorted or misaligned posture, or instability.
  • Other types of relaxation therapy that are purported to reduce stress include biofeedback, hypnosis, massage, tai chi, and yoga.


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Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

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