This treatment modality is thought to promote wellness and optimize overall health.
What does biofeedback involve? Biofeedback involves training the mind to gain control over physiological reactions that are ordinarily involuntary and automatic through "feedback" information. Biofeedback uses electronic equipment to measure body functions such as respiratory rate, perspiration, blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. By developing voluntary control techniques to change those body functions, patients can reduce or eliminate symptoms. As patients attempt to control these functions, the electronic equipment allows them to monitor their efforts.
How is biofeedback thought to promote wellness and optimize overall health? By learning to control various biological functions, biofeedback can help reduce stress and tension, lessen pain and promote relaxation. With proper training, one can reduce or eliminate symptoms and replace feelings of helplessness with a sense of control over his/her health. Biofeedback can teach individuals techniques for living a healthier life overall.
What has been proven about the benefit of biofeedback? While biofeedback is not a curative therapy, research shows that it can help relieve a wide range of symptoms experience, such as tension, stress, depression and pain. Biofeedback has also proven useful in retraining, reconditioning and strengthening muscles after surgery, restoring loss of control.