Biofeedback, also called biofeedback training, is another unique approach to
dealing with pain.
Considered a form of alternative medicine, biofeedback is a compelling therapy that teaches patients to control
their reactions to pain.
How It Works
When you lift a knee to take step on the stairs, or raise a hand to wave and say ‘hello’ to a buddy, you are in total control of these actions.
But, there are other functions in your body that are involuntarily and which
are controlled by your
nervous system, such as blood pressure, skin temperature and heart rate.
As a human being, you don’t have the ability to make your heart beat a bit faster.
It naturally happens in reaction to your environment,
such as, when you are exercising, excited, or nervous.
Biofeedback training, however, gives you the capacity to control some of the
involuntary functions of the body.
For the most part, it uses a technique to relax
and sooth human senses. It promises to help patients with pain
and also can help athletes improve performance. With biofeedback training,
you get to become more aware of what’s happening
within your body and harness you mind’s power.
As a result of this therapy,
you will have the power to reduce pain, and gain more control of your
In a biofeedback training session, your skin will be hooked up with a
and finger sensors,
which gather data about the involuntary functions of your body.
After gathering data of these reactions, the sensors and electrodes will send
signals to a monitor that displays
an image, flash of light or sound representing your muscle activity, sweating,
skin temperature, blood pressure and breathing rate.
As the body functions react to stress, the patient attempts to counteract
those reactions through
guided exercises watched over by a biofeedback therapist.
These include, deep breathing when the blood pressures rises, or concentration
on a specific image
to reduce the pain of migraines.
Normally, biofeedback training sessions are done in a clinic with a
There are, however, computer programs that link your personal
computer to biofeedback sensors,
where you can perform relaxation exercises that alleviate chronic pain and
fine-tune the body’s reactions.
For instance, you can take advantage of a relaxation technique to slow down
the brainwaves that
function when you have a migraine or headache.
There are lot relaxation exercises that are used in this pain management therapy,
Mindful meditation - An exercise that focuses your thoughts, and dumps your negative vibes.
Guided imagery – Concentrates on a particular image (like the texture or color of an orange), to calm your mind, and make you feel relaxed.
Progressive muscle relaxation – Alleviates pain in different muscle groups
Conditions Biofeedback can Treat include:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Side-effects of chemotherapy