Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 183–188 | Cite as

The use of temperature biofeedback in the treatment of chronic pain due to causalgia

  • Edward B. Blanchard
Case Reports And Training Techniques


A patient with chronic pain due to a reflex sympathetic dystrophy in his hand and arm was successfully treated with temperature biofeedback after several months of conservative standard medical care brought little relief. Over the 18 treatment sessions the patient learned to emit a reliable handwarming response of 1 to 1.5°C. Coincident with his learning, the pain in his hand and arm decreased markedly and remained absent at 1-year follow-up.


Medical Care Chronic Pain Health Psychology Treatment Session Biological Psychology 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward B. Blanchard
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSUNY-AlbanyAlbany

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