Health is Key
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. This is done by attaching an electronic "cue" (usually a "beep," tone or visual image on a screen) to a measurable physiologic process. A person can thus monitor his or her internal responses and develop a sense of how to move them in positive ways. Biofeedback machines can detect internal bodily functions with sensitivity and precision, and allow involuntary physical functions to be translated in ways that can be understood. The information, or "feedback," that the "cue" provides is used to monitor these functions and facilitate treatment for a variety of disorders, while moving the patient toward a more balanced internal state.
What Is Biofeedback used for?
Biofeedback, sometimes called biofeedback training, is used to help manage many physical and mental health issues, including:
- Anxiety or stress
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Raynaud's disease
- Sports management
Biofeedback appeals to people for a variety of reasons:
- It's noninvasive.
- It may reduce or eliminate the need for medications.
- It may be a treatment alternative for those who can't tolerate medications.
- It may be an option when medications haven't worked well.
- It may be an alternative to medications for some conditions during pregnancy.
- It helps people take charge of their health