New research in Sophrology

At TSN we enjoy seeing new research being started to help grow the body of evidence of the benefits of Sophrology. 

Please find an update below and when we have the official link of the publication we will add it. 

Charlotte Chatfield under the supervision of Professor Caroline Lafarge from University West London carried a pilot randomised controlled trial in 2021 to assess the impact of sophrology on people living with chronic pain. 

The study investigated whether sophrology had positive impacts on pain levels and quality of life of participants. Participants were randomly allocated into a treatment group who received the intervention soon after recruitment or a control group who was on a waiting list and received the intervention at a later date.

The intervention consisted of eight weekly online sophrology sessions delivered by anxiety and pain management expert Audrey Zannese, practitioner at Step Into Sophrology and Director of Education at the Sophrology Academy.

Questionnaires were sent to both treatment and control groups before the start of the treatment intervention and after the intervention. Questions assessed their pain levels, medication use and other parameters related to quality of life.

Although the sample size was small, 17 participants from the treatment group completed the intervention and answered the questionnaires and 26 participants from the control group responded to the questionnaires, the study found promising results indicating that sophrology can be beneficial in improving pain levels and quality of life. In particular, this pilot study found a significant reduction in pain levels, pain medication use, rumination and magnification, disability levels, sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety as well as a significant increase in treatment satisfaction. 

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