Written by Helen Cooke and the CAM-Cancer Consortium.
Updated July 7, 2015

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Is it safe?

Adverse events

PMR is considered to have few or no known adverse effects2. No adverse events were reported in the studies analysed for this summary.


Some concerns have been raised about the use of PMR among individuals who have a history of psychiatric disorders14, but adverse effects are not well documented.


No known interactions.


See contraindications.

Citation Helen Cooke, CAM-Cancer Consortium. Progressive Muscle Relaxation [online document]. http://ws.cam-cancer.org/The-Summaries/Mind-body-interventions/Progressive-Muscle-Relaxation. July 7, 2015.


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