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Some functions in the body occur automatically, outside of conscious control (such as heart rate and blood pressure). Biofeedback is a method of making those “involuntary” processes something you can do at will.
The basic method is quite simple. In biofeedback, a machine gives you direct information regarding the bodily process in question (the “feedback” part of the term “biofeedback”). Given this information, you can find a way to control it, just like you can learn to wiggle your ears if you try hard enough.
Effect of Biofeedback on Low Back Pain and Sciatica
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Research Evidence on Biofeedback
One controlled study supports the efficacy of using biofeedback to help treat low back pain. 13 However, more studies need be conducted before a singular suggested means of administering this treatment can be concluded.
- Nielson WR, Weir R. Biopsychosocial approaches to the treatment of chronic pain. Clin J Pain. 2001 Dec;17(4 Suppl):S114-S127.
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