Biofeedback therapy

Biofeedback therapy is a learning tool that allows a patient to observe and modify physiological processes through computerized instrumentation. It provides information (feedback) that helps the patient learn to control physical and emotional reactions to pain, illness, injury and other stressful experiences, (i.e. PTSD)

Through the use of EMG (electrmyographic) feedback, peripheral temperature feedback and EDR (electrodermal activity) feedback patients modify and shape their reactions to pain, with the goal of gaining a sense of control over their medical conditions.

Biofeedback therapy is helpful for individuals who are not managing their chronic medication problems well and believe that pain controls their life. This therapy is helpful for patients who need additional coping skills for managing their pain.

Individuals who are prone to anxiety, or are aware of the effect that stress is having on their chronic pain or general health may benefit from biofeedback.

Appropriate referrals for Biofeedback Therapy include:

  • Chronic pain conditions such as chronic back and neck pain, myofascial pain, migraine and tension headaches, fibromyalgia
  • Stress-sensitive conditions such as hypertension, IBS, tinnitus, asthma, RSD, sleep disorders

Recommended treatment for patients with a chronic pain condition is 8-12 individual sessions; for patients needing anxiety or stress management, 6-8 sessions are typical.

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