[Autogenic training versus Erickson's analogical technique in treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome]

Riv Eur Sci Med Farmacol. Jan-Feb 1995;17(1):41-50.
[Article in Italian]


The AA have conducted a controlled trial to determine the efficacy of two verbal techniques for muscular relaxation on 53 patients with fibromyalgia. The subjects were assigned at random to a autogenous training group (27 patients) or a analogic Erickson's techniques group (26 patients). The autogenous training showed the presence of various limits: (1) application limits (in which notable difficulties had to be faced to train the patients with fibromyalgia to practice the Autogenous training due to the revelation of "intrusive thoughts" or "abreactions", or because of the incapacity of the patients to practice the exercises at home without hearing the instructions of a therapist); (2) limits of efficacy (the state of optimum training needed many therapeutic sittings in order to be achieved and the improvements regarded nighttime sleep and morning rigidity, however, these improvements were less than those obtained with the analogic Erickson's techniques). The Erickson's techniques have showed, instead, many advantages: numerous patients continued the treatment until it was finished; only a small number of therapeutic sittings were necessary. There was an improvement of all the parameters examined, superior compared to the results obtained in the group of patients treated with autogenous training.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autogenic Training*
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychotherapy*