reciprocal inhibition

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re·cip·ro·cal in·ner·va·tion

contraction in a muscle is accompanied by a loss of tone or by relaxation in the antagonistic muscle.
Synonym(s): reciprocal inhibition (1)
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reciprocal inhibition

(1) Reciprocal innervation, see there. 
(2) Systematic desensitisation, see there.
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reciprocal inhibition

Psychiatry In behavior therapy, the hypothesis that if anxiety-provoking stimuli occur simultaneously with inhibition of anxiety–ie, relaxation, the link between the stimulus and the anxiety is weakened
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re·cip·ro·cal in·hi·bi·tion

(rĕ-sip'rŏ-kăl in'hi-bish'ŭn)
The relaxation of a muscle in response to the contraction of its antagonist.
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Functional reciprocal inhibition (experiment 1) and central common drive (experiment 2) were assessed on the same day following the application of electromyography (EMG) electrodes and tests of the maximal voluntary contraction strength (MVC) and the rate of force development (RFD).
In contrast, spindles produce stretch reflex excitation of their host muscle and reciprocal inhibition of antagonists.
Rothwell, "Reciprocal inhibition between the muscles of the human forearm," Journal of Physiology, vol.
But it is my experience that some form of relaxation therapy, coupled with guided imagery using behavioral techniques such as reciprocal inhibition and systematic desensitization, generally works best in treating this disorder.
Successful behavior techniques such as reciprocal inhibition, systematic desensitization, guided imagery, flooding, assertiveness training, and modeling must be taught in psychiatry training programs.
The latter includes systematic desensitization, reciprocal inhibition, guided imagery, and variations of my own learning, philosophy, and action (LPA) technique.
When I would use a hypnotic technique in a clinical setting, it would be adjunctive and coupled to some type of behavior modification such as systematic desensitization, reciprocal inhibition, or guided imagery.
In previous discussions about behavioral strategies that can be used to treat patients in anxiety-provoking situations, I have referred to the procedures of reciprocal inhibition and systematic desensitization.
In addition, I like to add a rapid de-escalation of anxiety technique in the form of reciprocal inhibition, in which relaxation techniques are used as quick methods to control anxiety.
I decided to use the same strategy for both patients involving relaxation and projection coupled with reciprocal inhibition. I taught a simple relaxation/hypnotic technique, therefore reducing anxiety and reducing tics.
That's also the case when the therapist uses standard relaxation techniques, systematic desensitization, and reciprocal inhibition. An attorney I treated a few years ago is a good illustration.
That is, the relaxation begins the reciprocal inhibition process.

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