Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies. Our therapists at Sherman use it to help tense and anxious clients learn to relax. Specialists in many different fields use biofeedback to help their patients cope with pain.
We have all used biofeedback in our every day lives. We have used it by have ever taking our temperature or stepping on a scale. The thermometer tells you whether you’re running a fever, the scale whether you’ve gained weight. Both devices “feedback” information about your body’s condition. When you gather this information, you can take steps you’ve learned to improve the condition. When you’re running a fever, you go to bed and drink plenty of fluids. When you’ve gained weight, you resolve to eat less and sometimes you do.
Clinicians use complex biofeedback machines in somewhat the same way that you rely on your scale or thermometer. Their machines can detect a person’s internal bodily functions with far greater sensitivity and precision than a person can alone.
How Can Bio-Feedback Help?
Bio-feedback can assist us with the following:
- Migraine headaches, tension headaches, and many other types of pain
- Disorders of the digestive system
- High blood pressure and its opposite, low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmias (abnormalities, sometimes dangerous, in the rhythm of the heartbeat)
- Raynaud’s disease (a circulatory disorder that causes uncomfortably cold hands)
- Paralysis and other movement disorders