Research: DE PAULA and colleagues,

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DE PAULA and colleagues, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development, Brazil, have studied the use of progressive muscle relaxation for pain relief in gynaecology and obstetrics.


The study aimed to test the effect of a specific intervention, progressive muscle relaxation, on post-operative pain.


61 women who had undergone gynaecological or obstetric surgery were taught progressive muscle relaxation. Outcome measures (pain, quality of life, muscular parameters) were taken before and after the intervention.


Significant differences were found in pain, quality of life and muscular parameters after the application of progressive muscle relaxation.


Progressive muscle relaxation enabled patients to have some control of their pain levels.


De Paula AAD, de Carvalho EC, dos Santos CB. The use of "progressive muscle relaxation" technique for pain relief in gynecology and obstetrics. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem 10 (5): 654-659, Sep 2003.

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