Paper Discussing BEB/Hemi Exercises, Cont'd


Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Jan 27,2002,08:00   Archive
On the yahoo beb bb there was discussion about Dr. Fielding's paper (1985) about retraining muscles (as we have discussed). Dr.F. wrote to the poster that "none of them (the people in the article) had drug-induced dystonia." "Why might it work (retraining the muscles)?:

"1. the massed practice helps regain some sense of control over the affected musculature.This in turn leads to

2. a reduction in anxiety or stress regarding the condition, which in turn reduces the sensitivity of the affected neuromuscular junction. The biochemicals released in stress, corticosteriods, sensitize systems, such as those in the heart for example to epinephrine, a chemical released during anxiety. There is no reason to think that they might not also sensitize other muscular systems. This is partly why we get "jumpy" when anxious. I think the effect probably has something to do with these two mechanisms working in a kind of synergistic effect, but this is really just a hypothesis. I have no evidence that this is why it has worked.The other possibility is that there's some kind of placebo effect at work here. But as there has been no clinical trial of this technique we can't say. However if you try this method, that you take the trouble to keep a record of the frequency and severity of the spasms at least 3 times/day as follows:

a. begin one week before implementing the techniques. Record at least 7 days of baseline data for frequency & severity. Use a 10-point scale as follows:

0 = no spasm at all - perfectly relaxed
2 = slightly tense
4 = mild spasm
6 = moderate spasm
8 = bad spasm
10 = very severe, constant or almost constant spasm.

b. Continue to record the data on frequency & severity for the duration of practice - this should be around 3 weeks as a minimum. Plot the data on a simple graph and put it on your fridge door where you can easily see it. Let me know how you progress. I RECOMMEND IF YOU CAN, THAT YOU WORK WITH YOUR THERAPIST ON THIS."

I posted this as I don't know if you all access the yahoo beb support group.

June in Toronto(beb/meige)




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Re : Paper Discussing BEB/Hemi Exercises, Cont'd --- June in Toronto
Posted by Yvon Breton (yvon breton,Yvon Breton), Jan 27,2002,18:46 Top of Thread Archive
Hi June,

This is very, very interesting!!! How do you get on this Yahoo website your are talking about?

Many thanks.
Yvon




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Re : Re: Paper Discussing BEB/Hemi Exercises, Cont'd --- Yvon Breton
Posted by June in Toronto (June Floyd,June in Toronto), Jan 27,2002,20:15 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Yvon,

Try the link below - hope you have quicker luck getting registered than I did - it took me about 5 hours, but perhaps the site is better now.
Note - blephros spelt incorrectly but that's how it is!

June in Toronto (beb/meige) Related link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blephros/?yguid=92490261




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