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AT, Autogenic, Autogenic Relaxation, Autogenic Relaxation Training, Autogenic Relaxation Technique, Autorelaxation Concentrative, Autosuggestion, Entraînement Autogène, Entrenamiento Autógeno, Méthode de Schultz, Relaxation Therapy, Stand...
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AUTOGENIC TRAINING Overview Information

Autogenic training is a self-help method of relaxation. It was originated by Johannes Schultz, a German psychiatrist, in 1932.

Autogenic training is used for mental stress, fatigue, pain, anxiety, migraineheadache, tension headache, multiple sclerosis (MS), motion sickness, asthma, high blood pressure, Raynaud's disease, glaucoma, eczema, heart disease, alcoholism, and other conditions.

How does it work?

Autogenic training is a self-help relaxation technique. It consists of six exercises. Each exercise focuses on different aspects of relaxation. Relaxation is achieved by repeating specific statements focused on a specific area. The first exercise focuses on muscular relaxation. The next steps focus on feelings of warmth, slowing or calming heart activity, slowing breathing, warmth in the abdomen, and finally, cooling in the head. It is thought that this and other relaxation techniques might be helpful for conditions where mental stress plays a critical role.

AUTOGENIC TRAINING Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Mental stress. There is some evidence that 8 weeks of autogenic training can significantly reduce anxiety and stress in people experiencing stressful conditions. However, these studies were poorly designed, leading some experts to question their results.
  • Anxiety. Developing research shows that autogenic training can reduce anxiety in people with anxiety disorders. However, autogenic training does not seem to reduce panic attacks in people with panic disorder.
  • Migraine. Autogenic training or autogenic training combined with biofeedback for 10 sessions over 7 weeks might reduce the number of migraine headaches and shorten the time they last in children aged 7-18 years. The benefit seems to last for up to 6 months after treatment.
  • Tension headache. Developing research shows that autogenic training might help reduce headache symptoms. However, autogenic training doesn’t seem to work any better than hypnosis or biofeedback.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). There is some evidence that autogenic training for 10 weeks might improve quality of life for people with MS.
  • Motion sickness. Autogenic training seems to be more effective for preventing motion sickness than a medication called promethazine.
  • Physical performance. Early research shows that a training program including autogenic training and imagery training might improve gun-shooting accuracy following intense exercise.
  • Asthma.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Raynaud's disease.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Eczema.
  • Fatigue.
  • Pain.
  • Heart disease.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of autogenic training for these uses.

AUTOGENIC TRAINING Side Effects & Safety

There are no known safety concerns. No side effects have been reported in clinical studies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of autogenic training during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, there is no known reason to suspect it might be harmful.

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