Biofeedback therapy is a technique in which you learn to gain greater control over functions that are typically involuntary in an effort to prevent or treat various medical conditions. Electrode sensors are attached to your body and send signals to a monitor that shows your heart and breathing rate, along with other vital signs. By becoming aware of your body’s functions, you may be able to improve your health in the following ways:
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
The link between stress and poor health is well documented. When you are stressed, you may have a variety of involuntary responses, including:
- Faster heart rate
- Tightening of muscles
- Raised blood pressure
- Faster breathing
Biofeedback therapy uses a variety of relaxation exercises that can help reduce your stress and improve your overall health. You will also learn techniques to help reduce your response to stress. You become better aware of your body’s response to stress and anxiety. You also learn how to control these responses. By visualizing your body’s reaction to stress points, you can often respond to them in an effective manner.
Identifying tight muscles and then relaxing them can help relieve discomfort and pain, including lower back pain, pain from fibromyalgia, joint pain, and other sources of pain.
One of the most effective uses for biofeedback therapy is to reduce the number and frequency of headaches. Biofeedback therapy can help relax muscles to ease headaches.
Decrease Blood Pressure
Biofeedback therapy may help decrease blood pressure and encourage healthy blood flow.
Treat Incontinence and Other Digestive Problems
Biofeedback therapy can help treat incontinence, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or various other digestive problems. It may help women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and control their bladder. It has also helped people with fecal incontinence. Some children who wet the bed have also responded positively to biofeedback therapy.
Treat Other Medical Conditions
Biofeedback therapy has been used to help treat myriad medical conditions, including:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Brain injuries
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Mental health conditions
- Raynaud’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
It can also ease the side effects of chemotherapy
Use an Effective Alternative to Medication
Biofeedback therapy is often a preferred alternative treatment method to the use of medication. People may need or want an alternative to medication due to pregnancy, side effects, possible interaction with other medications, health reasons, or fear of dependency.
Complement Other Treatments
In other situations, biofeedback therapy is used in addition to medication. It may help enhance the positive effects of medication. Biofeedback therapy is a noninvasive treatment option, so it may very well enhance other treatment options, also.
Consult a Professional
If you would like to learn more about the possible benefits of biofeedback therapy or want to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (770) 680-5740. Our professionals can discuss your treatment needs and objectives and provide more information about biofeedback therapy and other options during a confidential consultation.