Biofeedback
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback training is done in specialized labs. During the session, the therapist applies electrical sensors on different areas of the patient's body, such as the abdomen, head or other body parts, and will be hooked to the biofeedback machine. These sensors monitors body functions such as heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. The information is fed back to the patient as cues, such as a beeping sound or a flashing light. The therapist gives instruction on different ways, both mental and physical, to help control the body's physiological reactions.

A biofeedback session can last for 30 to 60 minutes. The length and number of sessions will depend on your condition and how quickly you learn to control your body's responses. After weeks of practice, the biofeedback machines...

Biofeedback is used in treating a number of physical and mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety or stress
  • Asthma
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Incontinence
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Motion sickness
  • Pain
  • Panic disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Physical performance
  • Raynaud's disease

Safety Issues

There are no known safety risks with biofeedback.

 
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