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Heartburn/GERD and Biofeedback

Effect of Biofeedback on Heartburn/GERD

Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique. Relaxation can diminish symptoms associated with Heartburn/GERD. Biofeedback is a technique which involves training people to improve their health by using the mind to control bodily functions. In biofeedback session, you are connected to electrical sensors that allow you to measure and receive feedback or information about your body. With the help of these sensors, you will be trained how to make changes in your body to get the desired results.

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How to Use Biofeedback

There is no special preparation needed for biofeedback. If you think you might benefit from this technique, discuss it first with your doctor to make sure that it is a good treatment option for you.

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 are no longer needed, and you can practice the techniques on your own.

Types of Professionals That Would Be Involved with This Treatment

Your doctor may recommend a biofeedback therapist who has enough experience treating the same conditions you have. Many biofeedback therapists are also licensed in another area of health care, such as nursing or physical therapy.

Safety Issues

There are no known safety risks with biofeedback.

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