:: Alternative Medicine - Biofeedback
Does Biofeedback Work?
Biofeedback is a non-invasive method that uses instruments
to mirror mind/body functions (activity, responses) of which
we are not normally aware. With biofeedback instruments you
can learn to recognize the relationship between mind and body
changes, and with this insight, you can come to exert more
control over your bodily responses in a more beneficial manner.
Biofeedback instruments can monitor
muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure, peripheral blood
flow, galvanic skin response (GSR), EEG brain waves and other
measures. These instruments vary from simple thermometers
to high-tech multi-channel computerized systems. Biofeedback
practitioners typically assume a "trainer" role.
They coach on techniques to help you facilitate change, such
as breathing exercises, guided imagery, autogenics word imagery,
meditations, etc. The real power of the training
is the immediate feedback that reveals physiological changes.
Biofeedback is commonly used in the treatment of Headaches/migraines
and muscle contraction, Hypertension (high
blood pressure), Anxiety,
ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorders), Seizures/Epilepsy,
Neck and Back pain, Addictions and muscular and vascular conditions.
Scientists cannot yet explain how biofeedback works. Most
patients who benefit from biofeedback therapy are trained
to relax and modify their behavior. Most scientists believe
is a key component in biofeedback therapy.
Biofeedback is often aimed at changing habitual reactions
to stress that
can cause pain or disease. Many clinicians believe that some
of their patients and clients have forgotten how to relax.
Feedback of physical responses such as skin temperature and
muscle tension provides information to help patients recognize
a relaxed state. The feedback signal may also act as a kind
of reward for reducing tension. It's like a piano teacher
whose frown turns to a smile when a young musician finally
plays a tune properly.
Journey Meets BioFeedback