Autogenic training for people experiencing chronic pain

Porter, Catherine (2015) Autogenic training for people experiencing chronic pain. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the process of an eight-week autogenic training (AT) programme for people experiencing chronic pain, as perceived by participants, and to hypothesise about mechanism of change, where reported.
Eleven semi-structured interviews were conducted with women who had taken part in AT at the Royal London Hospital of Integrated Medicine (N=8) or with a private practitioner accredited by the British Autogenic Society (N=3). A grounded theory design was employed to build an inductive model ‘grounded’ in the qualitative data.
Six main categories emerged: 1) ‘Nobody knows what’s wrong with me’: Trying to get help for the pain; 2) ‘A “mind-body” conversation’: The process of AT for chronic pain; 3) ‘Something my body wanted more of – like nectar’: The effects of AT; 4) ‘Bringing us back’: Practicing AT with other(s); 5) ‘Giving yourself permission to stop’: Practicing AT independently; and 6) ‘Not just free-falling’: Comparing AT with other therapies. A number of inter-related sub-categories and dimensions were also identified.The study suggests that AT is a useful therapeutic tool with benefits for both physical and psychological well-being for people experiencing chronic pain. It illuminates the inter-connected nature of these areas of health, which have historically been treated as distinct entities. Further research is needed to explore a potential role for AT in management of stress, pain and wellbeing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: autogenic training; chronic pain; mind-body therapy; grounded theory.
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology > RB0127 Manifestations of disease > RB0127.H355 Pain. Measurement
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 09:40
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 17:32
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14005

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