Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Biofeedback Therapy for Asthma: A Report of 20 Unmedicated Pediatric Cases Using the Smetankin Method

  title={Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Biofeedback Therapy for Asthma: A Report of 20 Unmedicated Pediatric Cases Using the Smetankin Method},
  author={P. Lehrer and A. Smetankin and T. Potapova},
  journal={Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback},
  • P. Lehrer, A. Smetankin, T. Potapova
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine
  • Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • This multiple case study describes pulmonary function changes in 20 asthmatic children from 30 consecutive cases undergoing biofeedback training for increasing the amplitude of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA). The Smetankin protocol was used, which, in addition to RSA biofeedback, includes instructions in relaxed abdominal pursed-lips breathing. Ten individuals were excluded, including 6 who had been taking asthma medication, 2 who developed viral infections during the treatment period, and… CONTINUE READING
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