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The effect of motor disorders and emotional factors on the course of relaxation in brain damaged patients

EWA JARZĘBSKA1
1. Katedry Neurologii Akademii Medycznej we Wrocławiu
Postęp Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1999, 8, 97-102
Keywords: c.n.s. diseases, motor disorders, relaxation, emotional factors

Abstract

The effect of brain damage, andparticularly, of motor disorders and emotional factors, on the course of relaxation was analyzed.Subjects in the study were 60 patients withbrain damage of various etiologies and 45 healthycontrols. Relationships between 3 relaxation parameters(frequency, intensity and duration) andspastic hypertonia, paresis, decreased general physicalfitness and frequency of experiencing selectednegative and positive emotions were assessed.Brain damaged patients differed significantly fromthe controls as regards frequency, intensity andduration of relaxation. A significant, althoughweak association was found between spastic hypertoniaand all the three relaxation parameters.Motor disorders were related only to the frequencyand intensity of relaxation. Out of a number of analyzed emotions only three turned outto be related to all the relaxation parameters,and namely: joy, satisfaction, and acceptance of one's illness.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Ewa Jarzębska, Katedra Neurologii AM,
ul. Traugutta 118,50-420 Wrocław