Effectiveness of applying progressive muscle relaxation technique on quality of life of patients with multiple sclerosis

J Clin Nurs. 2009 Aug;18(15):2171-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02787.x.


Aims and objectives: To identify the effects of applying Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique on Quality of Life of patients with multiple Sclerosis.

Background: In view of the growing caring options in Multiple Sclerosis, improvement of quality of life has become increasingly relevant as a caring intervention. Complementary therapies are widely used by multiple sclerosis patients and Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique is a form of complementary therapies.

Design: Quasi-experimental study.

Method: Multiple Sclerosis patients (n = 66) were selected with no probability sampling then assigned to experimental and control groups (33 patients in each group). Means of data collection included: Individual Information Questionnaire, SF-8 Health Survey, Self-reported checklist. PMRT performed for 63 sessions by experimental group during two months but no intervention was done for control group. Statistical analysis was done by SPSS software.

Results: Student t-test showed that there was no significant difference between two groups in mean scores of health-related quality of life before the study but this test showed a significant difference between two groups, one and two months after intervention (p < 0.05). anova test with repeated measurements showed that there is a significant difference in mean score of whole and dimensions of health-related quality of life between two groups in three times (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: Although this study provides modest support for the effectiveness of Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique on quality of life of multiple sclerosis patients, further research is required to determine better methods to promote quality of life of patients suffer multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease.

Relevance to clinical practice: Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique is practically feasible and is associated with increase of life quality of multiple sclerosis patients; so that health professionals need to update their knowledge about complementary therapies.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Iran
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / psychology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / rehabilitation
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Relaxation Therapy / methods*
  • Relaxation Therapy / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome