Biofeedback therapy is one of the many services that NMR offers to help patients minimize pain, decrease anxiety, improve circulation, improve performance, gain awareness and achieve long-term wellness.
Biofeedback Therapy is a Mind-Body technique used to teach patients how to influence their autonomic nervous systems – the part of the body that controls involuntary physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and brainwave frequency.
Thermometers used to take your temperature or scales used to weigh yourself are examples of biofeedback devices that you may recognize. These devices give information “feedback” about your body’s “bio” condition. At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation we use complex biofeedback machines and computer software to detect internal bodily functions with great sensitivity and precision that allow these physical functions to be translated in ways that can be understood.
Who can benefit from Biofeedback Therapy?
Biofeedback is used, in part, to care for a wide range of health problems which include the treatment of headaches, migraines, disorders that cause chronic pain, disorders of the digestive system, anxiety disorders, high or low blood pressure, Raynaud’s disease, urinary incontinence, gastrointestinal disorders, epilepsy, paralysis and other movement disorders.
During the initial biofeedback session, a certified biofeedback therapist will attach sensors to different parts of your body to monitor your physiological response to physical and emotional stressors. The results are used to identify causes, risk factors or co-factors to the condition in which you are seeking therapy.
Protocols are followed and evidenced-based practice procedures are implemented into care and a favorable outcome depends largely on the patient’s commitment to care. Along with biofeedback therapy performed in the office, the patient will be asked to do “homework” to practice self-regulation exercises. Like practicing a sport, musical instrument, or cooking; biofeedback therapy also requires practice. Initially what may seem like “work” will soon become effortless and done unconsciously.
It is estimated that 70-90% of all US health care issues are related to stress. And it is true that stress plays a large role in the actual development of disease, both physical and mental. Stress is often viewed as something that is out of our control. We may not be able to control how people treat us or the life circumstances that we face, but we can control how our mind and body respond to those stressors. With biofeedback therapy you can learn how to control your respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, muscle activity as well as your thoughts. Once you have learned to change the way your body responds to stress, you can begin to significantly reduce the financial and physical costs that are associated with stress. A person must be proactive to achieve any goal, especially in the case where the goal is long-term health and wellness. The commitment that you make to complete care and make the necessary changes to your habits and your health will benefit you for the rest of your life.
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