How can Biofeedback Help with Pain Management?
Biofeedback promotes relaxation, which can help relieve a number of conditions related to stress – like pain.
Biofeedback therapy measures the responses your body gives while a therapist analyzes them in order to prescribe ways to improve body function.
A therapist attaches electrodes to your skin and fingers, which displays a sound, flash of light, or image that represents your heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, sweating, or muscle activity - all feedback from your body that they can look at.
Stress causes these functions to change, and the therapist can get immediate feedback to try to help alleviate them.
Biofeedback to Measure Stress
Credit: BYU Counseling and Psychological Services
A biofeedback therapist helps you practice relaxation exercises, which you fine-tune to control different body functions. For example, you might use a relaxation technique to turn down the brainwaves that activate when you have a headache.
Biofeedback therapy sessions last about 30 minutes. You can usually start to see biofeedback benefits within 10 sessions or less. Some conditions, such as high blood pressure, can take 20 or more sessions to improve.
Several different relaxation exercises are used in biofeedback therapy, including:
- Deep breathing
- Progressive muscle relaxation - alternately tightening and then relaxing different muscle groups
- Guided imagery - concentrating on a specific image (such as the colour and texture of an orange) to focus your mind and make you feel more relaxed
- Mindful meditation - focusing your thoughts and letting go of negative emotion
Biofeedback Can Help With:
- Chronic pain
- Urinary Incontinence
- High Blood Pressure
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- High blood pressure
- Raynaud's disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
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