Progressive Muscle Relaxation: How It Works, Benefits, & Tips
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Primary Changes: Edited for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Revised “Benefits of Progressive Muscle Relaxation.” Added “Combining Progressive Muscle Relaxation & Therapy.” New content written by Alexa Donnelly, LCSW and reviewed by Heidi Moawad, MD.
Author: Tanya Peterson, NCC, DAIS
Reviewer: Kristen Fuller, MD