How does progressive muscle relaxation reduce stress?
Progressive muscle relaxation is a simple exercise that allows your muscles to get rid of tension, but it does much more than that. In this video, psychiatrist Charles Sophy, DO, explains how progressive muscle relaxation can help relieve stress.
So it's great in the short term and it's great in the long term, but you've got to practice it in the times that you don't need it
so you get to use it and it's at your fingertips when you do need it.
Progressive muscle relaxation reduces stress because you have now got your body used to being able to be relieved and to be stress free from a muscle
perspective. If your body is used to that kind of a mechanism when you go to do it either preventatively or in the moment, it's going to work much better,
and it's going to have a longer lasting effect. So it's great in the short term and it's great in the long term, but you've got to practice it in the times that you don't need it,
so you get to use it and it's at your fingertips when you do need it. And what progressive muscle relaxation actually does is you're pushing yourself against a tension surface
to be able to create your muscles to expand and then to contract. And in that process, they're relieving themselves
and they're also relieving themselves of the kind of oxidants and the negative chemicals in there that may tighten them and give you the pain, which then,
will only make you angrier. So lessening all of that will on top of everything, lessen your anger.
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