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Self-regulation treatment of post-polio cold limb.

Abstract Title: Self-regulation treatment of post-polio cold limb. Abstract Source: Biofeedback Self Regul. 1986 Jun ;11(2):157-61. PMID: 3567235 Abstract Author(s): T F Dietvorst, M K Eulberg Abstract: Decreased limb temperature in the affected limb is one of the aftereffects of poliomyelitis. The decrease in limb temperature can be painful as well as subjectively unpleasant. A search of the current literature failed to reveal a cost-effective treatment for post-polio cold limbs. Since thermal biofeedback and other physiologic self-regulatory therapies have been shown to be effective in increasing peripheral blood flow in a number of disorders, they were used in the treatment of a patient with a post-polio cold limb. The patient showed foot warming during therapy sessions. This effect generalized to situations outside the therapy environment. The patient's self-report also indicated treatment to be successful. Replication and studies of the warming and cooling mechanism are suggested. Article Published Date : May 31, 1986
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Functional Somatic Syndromes: Skin Temperatures and Activity Measurements Under Ambulatory Conditions.

Related Articles Functional Somatic Syndromes: Skin Temperatures and Activity Measurements Under Ambulatory Conditions. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2016 Dec;41(4):363-373 Authors: Keppler C, Rosburg T, Lemoine P, Pflüger M, Gyr N, Mager R Abstract Functional somatic syndromes are mostly associated with pain and emotional distress. As one marker for the autonomic stress response, the distal skin temperature decreases during psychological stress. In patients with functional somatic syndromes, the distal skin temperature under baseline conditions (without stress induction) is usually lower than in healthy subjects, which could be due to the sustained presence of pain-related stress in such patients. The aim of our study was to investigate whether patients with functional somatic syndromes show altered skin temperatures also under everyday life conditions. 14 patients with functional somatic syndromes and 14 matched healthy control subjects were investigated under ambulatory conditions over six consecutive days. During this time, distal and proximal skin temperatures were continuously recorded and sleep-wake cycles were monitored by actimetry and sleep-wake diaries. Unexpectedly, the patients showed higher distal skin temperatures than control subjects in the afternoon. The objective temperature data did not match the patients' subjective experience: ratings of thermal comfort did not vary between the two groups. Moreover, similar levels of daytime activity were recorded in the two samples, even though patients reported more tiredness and more body tension than controls. We interpret the observed dissociation between objective skin temperature measurements and subjective ratings of the bodily thermal comfort as support for the notion of an alexisomia account (reduced bodily awareness) for functional somatic syndromes. Moreover, findings indicate that subjective complaints of tiredness and tension do not necessarily result in physical avoidance behaviour. PMID: 27207257 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]