Jacobson's relaxation technique, also called progressive relaxation therapy, was developed by Dr. Edmund Jacobson over half a century ago. Jacobson developed over 200 exercises and techniques which, Jacobson, and those who have followed in his footsteps, claim will not only cure tight muscles and cramps, but also reduce the intensity of pain and relieve stress and anxiety. Today, the 200 exercises developed by Jacobson have been reduced to between 15 and 20 exercises.
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There is insufficient reliable evidence about the efficacy of Jacobson's relaxation technique.
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Advocates of Jacobson's relaxation technique claim that it relaxes the entire body by releasing muscular tension that accumulates from experiences of stressful situations.