- Subject index
The Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care introduces an evidence-based mind-body approach to the medical and behavioral problems of primary care patients. Evidence-based mind-body practice draws on the best available scientific research, advocating the integration of well-documented mind-body therapies into primary health care. The handbook summarizes current mind-body practice and provides an overview of the basic techniques, including biofeedback, neurofeedback, relaxation therapies, hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapies, acupuncture, and spiritual therapies. The editors also thoroughly demonstrate the application of these techniques to common disorders such as headache, chronic pain, and essential hypertension, as well as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and sleep disorders.
Chapter 29: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Profile of the Disorder
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1 percent of the adult population worldwide but is approximately three times more prevalent in women than in men (Da Silva & Hall, 1992). RA is characterized by joint stiffness in the morning, symmetrical joint swelling, and generalized fatigue. The disease occurs most commonly between the ...