Management of pain through autogenic training

Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2000 Aug;6(3):143-8. doi: 10.1054/ctnm.2000.0473.


Physical and emotional pain are an inevitable part of human existence and are without natural antidotes. In view of this, and in the light of increasing professional reluctance to depend on analgesics, this paper proposes the widespread application of autogenic training, a relaxation technique which has been seen to confront pain very effectively, and also to reduce substantially drugs dependency. It analyses autogenic training in respect of some of the more common pain-allied disorders such as childbirth, headaches and migraines, back pain, cancer and palliative care, and cardiology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autogenic Training / methods*
  • Back Pain / psychology
  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Female
  • Headache / psychology
  • Headache / therapy
  • Heart Diseases / psychology
  • Holistic Nursing / methods
  • Humans
  • Labor, Obstetric / psychology
  • Male
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Pain Management*
  • Pregnancy