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Subject-generated internal imagery coupled with relaxation as a treatment for chronic pain

dc.contributor.advisorNetley, Charles
dc.contributor.authorFarmer, Katherine Armstrong
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-05T14:03:46Z
dc.date.available2017-06-05T14:03:46Z
dc.date.created1995
dc.date.issued1995
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/923
dc.description.abstractThe chronic pain experience is a multifaceted phenomenon involving sensory, cognitive, affective, motivational and behavioral dimensions. There has been no single consistently successful method of pain control and multiple treatment approaches are frequently utilized by the chronic pain sufferer. The treatment approach investigated in this experiment used a relaxation technique coupled with visualization. Thirty-two chronic pain subjects with various diagnoses were divided into four groups using a quasi-random design. Two groups received training in a relaxation technique for eight weeks, and two groups started with relaxation and then were also given a visualization procedure for the final four weeks. Assessments using the McGill Pain Questionnaire, the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control, the Profile of Mood States, and the West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory were done before treatment, at the mid-point, and at the end of treatment. The results showed no consistent differences between treatment groups and failed to indicate any clear-cut advantages for either relaxation or visualization in controlling chronic pain. There was no consistent reduction in pain or pain behaviors over the course of the experiment regardless of situation.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectChronic pain Treatment
dc.subjectRelaxation Therapeutic use
dc.subjectImagery (Psychology) Therapeutic use
dc.titleSubject-generated internal imagery coupled with relaxation as a treatment for chronic pain
dc.typeThesis
etd.degree.nameMaster of Arts
etd.degree.levelMaster
etd.degree.disciplinePsychology
etd.degree.grantorLakehead University


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