Biofeedback is a method used to help blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rates, brain activity, and other bodily functions. Basically, biofeedback is a painless system that is hooked up to your body and then through electrical signals received from tightening of your muscles, you would be able to receive those signals by a light telling you that you are tightening your muscles.
Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that helps teach patients how to influence their autonomic nervous systems – the part of the body that controls involuntary physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and brainwave frequency .
What health concerns is biofeedback used for?
Disorders effectively treated by biofeedback include:
- Migraines and other types of headaches
- High and low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Urinary incontinence and interstitial cystitis (IC), also called irritable bladder syndrome
- Chronic gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)and Crohn’s disease
- Unconscious grinding of the teeth
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
- Paralysis and other movement disorders
- Hot flashes
- Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
For information on the effectiveness of biofeedback for specific health problems, visit the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at www.aapb.org.
This in turn trains you to be aware of when you are bringing on stress and to help you identify when you need to relax your body. Biofeedback is very successful and can be used for migraine headaches, chronic pain, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and much more, which can occur when you tense up.
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