Why should Muscular Relaxation be Clinically Useful? Some Data and 2½ Models

  • Johann Stoyva
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 2)


A growing body of evidence, much of it accumulated over the past several years, indicates that muscle relaxation is a powerful variable and one which can be clinically useful. Our own work with electromyographic (EMG) feedback was triggered by reports in the older literature concerning the effects of progressive relaxation (Jacobson, 1938) and autogenic training (Schultz & Luthe, 1959). With both these older techniques--essentially ways of training a “cultivated” low arousal condition--a number of successes with anxiety and stress-linked disorders have been reported. Similarly, in the behavior therapy technique of systematic desensitization, muscle relaxation has been utilized as a response incompatible with anxiety (Wolpe, 1973).


Essential Hypertension Relaxation Training Anxious Patient Tension Headache Home Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johann Stoyva
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  1. 1.University of Colorado Medical CenterUSA

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