6
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
0 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: not found

      Noninvasive radioelectric asymmetric brain stimulation in the treatment of stress-related pain and physical problems: psychometric evaluation in a randomized, single-blind placebo-controlled, naturalistic study

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPublisherPMC
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          Background

          The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of noninvasive radioelectric asymmetric conveyer brain stimulation (REAC-BS) on pain and physical problems, a measurement cluster of the Psychological Stress Measure (PSM) test. When the symptoms of pain and physical problems do not respond to various therapeutic approaches such as medication, physiotherapy, and psychotherapy, they are often called medically unexplained symptoms. As such, these symptoms are reported to be a response to stressful situations or emotional states, often unknown to patients themselves. To explore the effectiveness of noninvasive radioelectric brain stimulation in the amelioration of symptoms of pain and physical problems, we administered a neuropsychophysical optimization protocol using a REAC device.

          Methods

          The PSM, a self-administered questionnaire, was used to measure psychological stress and pain and physical problems in a group of 888 subjects. Data were collected immediately prior to and following a 4-week REAC treatment cycle.

          Results

          There was a significant reduction in scores measuring subjective perceptions of stress for subjects treated with one cycle of neuropsychophysical optimization REAC-BS. At the end of the study, the number of treated subjects reporting symptoms of stress-related pain and physical problems on the PSM test was significantly reduced, whereas there was no difference in placebo-treated subjects.

          Conclusion

          One cycle of neuropsychophysical optimization REAC-BS appears to reduce subjective perceptions of stress as measured by the PSM, particularly on the pain and physical problems cluster.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          Journal
          Int J Gen Med
          International Journal of General Medicine
          Dove Medical Press
          1178-7074
          2011
          22 September 2011
          : 4
          : 681-686
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Rinaldi-Fontani Institute, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
          [2 ]Medical School of Occupational Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
          Author notes
          Correspondence: Salvatore Rinaldi, Rinaldi Fontani Institute, Viale Belfiore 43, 50144 Florence, Italy, Tel +390 5529 0307, Fax +390 5529 0399, Email srinaldi@ 123456irf.it
          Article
          ijgm-4-681
          10.2147/IJGM.S24628
          3206109
          22069368
          © 2011 Fontani et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.

          This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, provided the original work is properly cited.

          Categories
          Original Research

          Medicine

          stress disorders, medically unexplained symptoms, adaptation disorders

          Comments

          Comment on this article