What is Progressive Muscular Relaxation?

Category: Procedures


Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) is to encourage deep muscular relaxation in muscle groups, tensed under stressful conditions. Muscular tension produces aches and pains, particularly in the neck and back. Tension is applied deliberately and then let go to promote relaxation of the muscle.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 12 6
Insomnia 5 4
Muscle tension 3 5
Panic attacks 2 0
Anticipatory anxiety 1 0

Show all 12 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Progressive Muscular Relaxation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dissociation 1


Based on patients currently having Progressive Muscular Relaxation

Dosage Patients Percentage
as needed 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 5
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Progressive Muscular Relaxation.