PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION IN THE EFFORT TO CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of early mortality in the world, the third after stroke and tuberculosis. It therefore needs to be controlled through modifications in lifestyle and behavior changes, among others to undertake progressive muscle exercises that can lower high blood pressure. This study aims to determine the effect of progressive muscle relaxation on blood pressure in patients with progressive muscle. Pre-experimental research designs with one group pretest-posttest, intervention in the form of progressive muscle relaxation exercises every day within two weeks with the duration of 10 minutes for each workout. Blood pressure was measured before the intervention performed, then the patients did the exercises individually and afterwards they took the posttest. Independent variable is progressive muscle relaxation and the dependent variable is blood pressure. Samples, consisted of 30 people who were hypertensive patients at Basuki Rahmat public health center were selected through purposive sampling. Data analysis was performed using univariate and bivariate using test. Wilcoxon results showed that there are differences in the blood pressure of hypertensive patients before and after a given progressive muscle relaxation with p= 0.000. This means that there is the effect of progressive muscle relaxation to lower the blood pressure of hypertensive patients. Health providers can include the progressive muscular exercises program into the program of center of pre- and postnatal health care and information for women and children under five to help lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.