Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 191–197 | Cite as

Negative side effects of self-regulation training: Relaxation and the role of the professional in service delivery

  • Charles R. Carlson
  • Arthur J. Nitz
Notes And Observations


Procedures used for relaxation training can resolve or precipitate dysfunction in patients undergoing self-regulation treatments. The present article discusses the role of the clinician in administering relaxation training via thermal biofeedback and coping with unforeseen negative effects of treatment. A case illustration involving the biobehavioral treatment of chest pain is presented and discussed to remind the reader of the significance of the therapist's role in helping tailor treatment programs to unique responses of the individual patient. The case highlights the value of thorough case management and clinical formulation in the successful resolution of relaxation-induced leg pain.

Key words

relaxation training negative effects self-regulation thermal biofeedback pain reports 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles R. Carlson
    • 1
  • Arthur J. Nitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KentuckyLexington

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