Autogenic Training

A Mind-Body Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndrome and Stress-Related Disorders, 3d ed.

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About the Book

Using repeated sets of exercises meant to relax and desensitize the mind, autogenic training equips patients to deal with chronic conditions such as anxiety disorders, recurring pain and stress. Patients learn how to gain control over their symptoms and improve coping to reduce suffering. This expanded edition presents practitioners with a concise exploration of autogenic technique and its clinical use for patients, especially in treating those suffering from chronic pain syndrome and disrupted sleep.

About the Author(s)

Micah R. Sadigh, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Existential Journey: Viktor Frankl and Leo Tolstoy on Suffering, Death, and the Search for Meaning.

Bibliographic Details

Micah R. Sadigh. Series Editor Elaine A. Moore
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 285
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7751-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3630-6
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword by Hugo Twaddle, M.D. 1
Preface 3
Introduction 7
Part I: Theoretical Aspects of Chronic Pain and Stress 15
1. The Dimensions of Chronic Pain Syndrome: A Brief Review of the Literature 15
2. Stress and Pain 32
3. Methods of Stress Management 46
Part II: History and Principles of Autogenic Training 61
4. History and Basic Principles 61
5. Medical and Psychological Screening 68
6. Requirements for Achieving the Autogenic State 72
Part III: The Standard and Advanced Exercises and Clinical Applications of Autogenic Training 87
7. The Preliminary Exercises 87
8. The First Standard Exercise: Heaviness 95
9. The Second Standard Exercise: Warmth 105
10. The Third Standard Exercise: Heart 112
11. The Fourth Standard Exercise: Respiration 118
12. The Fifth Standard Exercise: Abdominal Warmth 125
13. The Sixth Standard Exercise: Forehead Cooling 134
14. Advanced Autogenic Training 141
15. Autogenic Training and Biofeedback (Psychophysiological Feedback) 159
16. Sleep, Insomnia, and Pain 165
17. Autogenic Training for Sleep Enhancement 186
18. Autogenic Neutralization as Psychophysiological Psychotherapy 193
19. Autogenic Training and Autogenic Abreaction as Treatments for Post-Traumatic Nightmares 206
20. Autogenic Training as Palliative Care 216
21. Questions and Answers 227
Appendix A: The Autogenic Pain and Tension Checklists (Forms A and B) 235
Appendix B: The Autogenic Training Progress Index 240
Appendix C: Fibromyalgia and Psychobiological Disregulation—A Theoretical Formulation 241
References 255
Index 269

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Reviews of the previous editions:
  • “A well-researched and detailed clinical guide, Autogenic Training is a valuable resource for anyone who works with chronic pain patients”—Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotheraphy
  • Autogenic Training has much to recommend it. Micah R. Sadigh has written a book that offers a promising treatment for a difficult to manage illness and it is a book that is so skillfully written it is a joy to read”—Townsend Letters for Doctors and Patients;
  • “Sadigh provides a comprehensive guide to autogenic training’s uses in treating fibromyalgia and chronic conditions”—Midwest Book Review.