Accession Number:

ADA136528

Title:

Comparison of Behavioral Treatments for Raynaud's Disease,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Induced vascodilation by classical conditioning was compared to biofeedback therapy as treatment for idiopathic Raynauds disease. Classical conditioning therapy consisted of 54 10-min immersions of both hands in water 43 C simultaneously with whole body exposure to cold air 0 C, given three-times per day, three days per week for six weeks. Biofeedback therapy consisted of eight sessions of electromyograph feedback frontalis while listening to relaxation tapes, followed by 10 sessions of digital thermal feedback while listening to relaxation tapes. Both groups received 10-min cold stress tests of whole body exposure to 0 C before and after treatments. Results indicated that both therapies significantly increased digital temperature response to cold. Although no differences between classical conditioning and biofeedback were found at the end of training, one-year follow up indicated that classical conditioning was more effective. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE