THE USE OF AUTOGENIC FEEDBACK TRAINING IN A PILOT STUDY OF MIGRAINE AND TENSION HEADACHES

@article{Sargent1972THEUO,
  title={THE USE OF AUTOGENIC FEEDBACK TRAINING IN A PILOT STUDY OF MIGRAINE AND TENSION HEADACHES},
  author={Joseph D. Sargent and Elmer E. Green and E. Dale Walters},
  journal={Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain},
  year={1972},
  volume={12}
}
"IN GENERAL, the autonomic nervous system regulates the activities of structures that are not under voluntary control and that, as a rule, function below the level of consciousness. Thus, respiration, circulation, digestion, body temperature, metabolism, sweating, and the secretion of certain endocrine glands are regulated, in part or entirely, by the autonomic nervous system and its central connections. As Claude Bernand and Cannon have emphasized, the consistency of the internal environment… Expand
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