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November 2012

Relaxation Exercises May Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Patients

A new study suggests that Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique (PMRT) may reduce fatigue and improve the quality of sleep in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a long-term, progressive, disorder that affects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Sleep disorders and fatigue are among the many complications of MS.

PMRT is used to treat muscular tension, a common symptom of stress. In PMRT, a group of muscles is tensed up so they are contracted as tightly as possible. The patient inhales with the muscles contracted and holds for 5-10 seconds. Next, the patient exhales as the muscles are relaxed to their previous state.

The recent study included 32 individuals with MS. Before the study, participants answered questionnaires regarding their fatigue and quality of sleep. All participants then practiced PMRT daily for six weeks.

After the six weeks, the participants showed a significant increase in sleep quality and a significant decrease in fatigue.

Researchers concluded that PMRT was an appropriate therapy for improved sleep and fatigue reduction for MS patients. Further research is warranted.

For more information about PMRT, please visit Natural Standard's Health & Wellness Database.

References

  1. Dayapoğlu N and Tan M. Evaluation of the effect of progressive relaxation exercises on fatigue and sleep quality in patients with multiple sclerosis. J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Oct;18(10):983-7. View Abstract
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com
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