A recent study compared the effects of progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery on self-efficacy and state anxiety in pregnancy. The authors found no significant difference between the two methods and recommended that patients choose one based on their physical capabilities, level of energy, and type of pain. The findings were limited by the cross-over design and the fact that only one treatment was used per patient. However, a longer follow-up may have revealed a difference.
Several studies have examined the effects of different types of muscle relaxation techniques on sleep quality. Malekzadegan et al. (2010) evaluated the effects of gradual muscle relaxation on the sleep quality of pregnant women and people receiving hemodialysis. They also compared the effectiveness of relaxation on the ability to breathe through the mouth. Both groups reported improved sleep and reduced stress levels, as well as a decrease in abdominal pain.
One study examined the effects of progressive muscle relaxation on the ability of pregnant women to breathe through the mouth. These women were given a dose of 1.5 mg of succinylcholine or atracurium twice a day for 4 weeks. Another study compared the effect of remifentanil on the quality of sleep. In addition, the findings showed that remifentanil reduced the incidence of aspiration and regurgitation.
Both methods of muscle relaxation were found to have significant effects on the sleep of pregnant women. Rapid sequence induction is a common method in the operating room, with the goal of securing the airway and decreasing the risks of aspiration and regurgitation. The most commonly used neuromuscular blocker in rapid sequence induction is succinylcholine, which has several side effects. To assess the efficacy of atracurium, a study was conducted that compared the effects of succinylcholine with that of atracurium.
The researchers found that progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery significantly increased the overall relaxation quality of both groups. Deep breathing had a significantly higher effect on the relaxation score compared to PMR. The study participants were given an educational film to help them understand the different relaxation methods. Both methods of muscle relaxing were deemed effective. They did not affect participants’ heart rates. It was noted that the three methods were similar to each other in terms of how many muscle groups were relaxed.
The results of the study were not significant. The four types of relaxation were equally effective, but there were differences in the quality of the relaxation. Among the four groups, the latter was significantly more effective than the others in improving sleep. The researchers also found that both techniques had similar benefits when it comes to reducing anxiety. They recommended progressive muscle relaxation for the treatment of insomniacs. It also improved self-confidence and relieved external stress.
Both methods had a positive effect on patient’s heart rate. The two methods were similar in terms of the number of muscle groups that were relaxed. The ten-minute group experienced the most improvements in heart rate, while the control group experienced less improvement in this area. Nonetheless, the research results showed that progressive muscle relaxation is more effective than guided imagery. The research team analyzed three different approaches. The first type was based on the Jacobson method, which involved the use of guided imagery.
The Smith Relaxation States Inventory-3 was a good tool for measuring muscle relaxability. It asks participants to rate a range of items on a six-point Likert scale. Each item is rated on a scale of 1 to six. This instrument has good internal consistency and reliability, and is a useful tool for assessing the quality of relaxation. The results of the study are comparable to that of the placebo.
The present study employed three relaxation techniques, which were based on the Smith Relaxation States Inventory-3. The control group received placebo while the experimental group received progressive muscle relaxation. The SRSS-3 was also used to assess the quality of each method. The two tests were compared on a scale of 1 to six. The results showed that both methods had positive effects on both muscular relaxant responses and the improvement in overall mood. This instrument is also helpful for evaluating the effectiveness of these therapies in a postpartum setting.