Who Is A Good Candidate for Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a non-invasive therapy that involves the use of technology to monitor involuntary body responses. The goal of biofeedback therapy is to learn how to control problematic involuntary responses in order to improve a mental or physical health condition.
During a biofeedback session, electrodes or other sensors are placed on the skin in a specific area of the body, such as a finger, the scalp, or the neck. The sensors are connected to a computer or other device that provides feedback via a monitor or speakers. The feedback provided during a biofeedback session includes information about vital signs, brainwaves, breathing, muscle activity, and sweat gland activity. This information is used to identify problematic involuntary responses that are then addressed with relaxation techniques to consciously influence functions that are usually involuntary and automatic. Biofeedback therapy can help control symptoms of certain conditions that are influenced by stress. It is generally considered a safe form of therapy.
Individuals with the following health conditions or concerns may benefit from biofeedback therapy:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Chronic pain
- Drug addiction
- High blood pressure
- Incontinence (urinary or fecal)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Raynaud’s disease
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)