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Research Article  |   September 1990
The Use of Relaxation Training to Enhance Functional Outcomes in Adults With Traumatic Head Injuries
Author Affiliations
  • Rosemary Lysaght, MS, OT(C), is an Occupational Therapist and the Director of the Center for Adaptive Computer Education, School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. At the time of this study, she was a graduate student at the Center for Rehabilitation Studies, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • Eugenia Bodenhamer, PhD, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Associate Professor, Center for Rehabilitation Studies, School of Community Service, University of North Texas, PO Box 13438, Denton, Texas 76203
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Research
Research Article   |   September 1990
The Use of Relaxation Training to Enhance Functional Outcomes in Adults With Traumatic Head Injuries
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 797-802. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.797
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 797-802. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.797
Abstract

Impaired anxiety management and poor emotional control have a negative effect on the adaptive functioning of persons with head injuries who are in the postacute stages of recovery. This paper outlines a relaxation training program administered individually to 4 adults with severe head injuries. Each subject was in the postacute phase of recovery and had reported stress to be a persistent problem in daily living. The relaxation training protocol combined biofeedback, imagery, autogenic training, and deep breathing. Significant improvement in function, measured by scores on a scale of illness-related dysfunction, support the potential benefits of stress management training as part of functional training programs for persons with traumatic head injuries.