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Low Back Pain and Sciatica and Biofeedback

Written by sshowalter, FoundHealth.

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.

Safety Issues

There are no known safety risks with biofeedback.


  1. 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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