A set of rehabilitation measures for compensating emotional stress


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Abstract

The physiological mechanisms of an integrated rehabilitation program and its constituent rehabilitation techniques, namely, local rhythmic thermal impulses; rapid autogenic regulation (RAR); and a session of slow, deep breathing, were studied in apparently healthy subjects who had experienced emotional stress. Mental arithmetic under the conditions of a time deficit with a reprimand was used as a model of emotional stress, which caused a number of rearrangements in the cerebral activity of the subjects, including enhanced β activity in the right frontal area and depression of slow EEG waves in the posterior cerebral areas, and promoted sympathetic influences and hemodynamic impairment. The set of rehabilitation measures, which was designed to affect the body as a whole, promoted the restoration of the initial cortical bioelectrical activity and autonomic status of the subjects. The mechanisms of each rehabilitation technique included in the program were determined.

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