Studley Green - High Wycombe
Stress is an unavoidable component of modern life and is also a major risk factor for musculoskeletal pain. Because stress and pain are interactive, stress has been linked to: muscle spasm, back pain, neck/shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, tension headache and migraine. Increased muscular tension is perhaps the most common physiological manifestation of stress. It can be painful in and of itself or simply increase our perception of pain for pre-existing problems.
Abbreviated Progressive Relaxation Therapy (APRT) is a pain and stress management technique that works by asking patients to systematically isolate, then completely tense and completely relax various muscle groups. The action of placing a muscle into a state of complete tension followed by a state of prolonged relaxation works to physically reduce muscle tension. APRT also has a psychological effect of reducing stress and anxiety. Aside from the physical and psychological benefits, APRT aims to teach patients themselves how to identify the sensation of increase of muscle tension and encourage the return to normal muscle tone, helping to manage and prevent stress-related muscular pain.