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Relaxing on cue: The self regulation of asthma

Authors
Journal
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
0005-7916
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0005-7916(74)90016-0
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract A 41-yr-old woman with severe asthmatic difficulties was given brief training in muscular relaxation as a means of avoiding and reducing bronchospasm. A portable timer was used to cue naturalistic self-monitoring of muscle tension and self-relaxation. Client records of medication frequency indicated a dramatic improvement in respiratory functioning and excellent maintenance at a follow-up assessment. The encouraging results of this self-management strategy, when contrasted with years of unsuccessful medical treatment, suggest the need for more controlled research on applications of behavior therapy to respiratory disorders.

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