'... the book is well-written, logical in its progression, clear, concise, comprehensive and easy to use. The book will be valuable to those wishing to learn or extend knowledge of teaching relaxation skills.'
Vivien Hathaway, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England
'This a unique and positive approach to relaxation as a complementary
therapy. The presentation is sensitve and compelling, demanding a wide
readership and dissemination.'
Occupational Safety and Health
'This book is the compilation of the writings of Ursula Fleming, a relaxation therapist who worked with psychiatrists, gynecologists, rheumatologists, and general practitioners. She was well known to hospitals in England, where she saw patients, taught her method to other practitioners, and carried out studies on their use. More information on her training and experience is contained in the foreword and historical background section of the book.
... Fleming's methods indeed do provide some interesting approaches which can be applied to a wide spectrum of conditions seen in the average chiropractor's office. These include, for example, chronic pain, rehabilitation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and post-surgical pain. The book does qualify that the lessons are to be used not as a panacea or a cure, but a means of symptom control, and a method of increasing the patient's sense of self-control and independence.
Fleming describes her method as "a psycho-physiological means of teaching patients to increase their level of pain tolerance." She suggests that "in measuring the effects of relaxation therapy it is not the pain itself that should be measured but the person's ability to tolerate it." The goals are summarized as the release of muscular tension, control of spasm, increased mobility through coordination of movement with breathing, correction of faulty posture, increased ability to focus one's attention, and control as opposed to inhibition of emotion. Fleming is a firm believer in mind-body interactions, psycho-neuroimmunology, and holistic care.
... The final section of the book is dedicated to exploring case histories of actual patients to whom the Fleming method of pain control was taught. They are honest and include those cases in which there is little-to-no success. A significant number of these patients were cancer victims, and therefore at first glance seem to be of little interest to a chiropractor. However, one must keep in mind that if the pain of cancer and metastasis can be controlled and tolerated, then imagine what could be done to control the pain of a disc bulge, sprain/strain injury, headache, PMS, ACL tear etc! (A case is also made to use the method during childbirth!)
The reader is left with a sense of a user-friendly method of relaxation and pain control which can immediately be applied to both self and to patients. The book is well worth having in one's library.'
Chiropractic Technique, 1999show more