Stress is an unavoidable component of modern life and 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 your perception of pain for pre-existing problems.
Abbreviated Progressive Relaxation Therapy (APRT)
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.
You will be asked to relax in a comfortable position. Then we will together work through the body placing every major muscle group into a state of complete tension followed by a state of prolonged relaxation. Physiologically this helps to reduce overall muscle tension and increase production of pain relieving chemicals within the body. APRT also has a psychological effect of reducing generalised stress and anxiety.
Aside from the physical and psychological benefits, APRT aims to teach you to identify the sensation of increased muscle tension so that you can consciously encourage your muscles to relax, helping to manage and prevent stress-related muscular pain.