Stretch-Based Relaxation Training
This paper is a review of progressive relaxation training based on muscle stretching exercises. Stretch-based relaxation training is an alternative to traditional tense-release methods for teaching self-regulation of muscle activity. The rationale and basic procedures for stretch-based relaxation are presented, along with a review of research studies exploring the clinical efficacy of the techniques. Experimental evidence has demonstrated decreases in subjective measures of muscle tension and activation, as well as decreases in EMG activity at selected target muscle sites when stretch-based relaxation procedures are employed. The clinical application of stretch-based relaxation is presented and illustrated with a case study describing the use of these procedures to assist in the treatment of neck tension/pain and anxiety. Discussion centers on the potential role of stretch-based relaxation in the management of anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders.
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Carlson, Charles R. and Curran, Shelly L., "Stretch-Based Relaxation Training" (1994). CRVAW Faculty Journal Articles. 201.