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Biofeedback Therapy

Define Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a training technique that enables a person to gain some element of voluntary control over autonomic body functions such as heart rate, blood flow and brain waves. It is a new branch of complementary and alternative medicine that is winning appreciation in popular and scientific circles.

Physical biofeedback therapists use biofeedback to help stroke victims regain movement in paralyzed muscles. Psychologists use it to help tense and anxious clients learn to relax. Specialists in many different fields use biofeedback to help their patients cope with pain.

Neal Miller, a psychology Ph.D and neuroscientist who worked and studied at Yale University, is generally considered to be the father of modern-day biofeedback

Biofeedback Principle

Biofeedback is governed on the principle that human beings have an intrinsic ability and potential to influence the automatic functions of their bodies through the application of will and mind. Recently it has been shown that biofeedback gives previously unimagined degree of control over a wide variety of physiological events related to body.

Types of Biofeedback machines

The types of biofeedback machines and biofeedback techniques are :

Biofeedback has been found successful in treatment of following syndromes

Applications of Biofeedback

Safety and Precaution with Biofeedback treatment

Administration of biofeedback methods is not recommended for persons with severe psychosis, depression, or obsessional neurosis, nor for debilitated patients or those with psychopathic personalities. Patients must consult their doctors before opting for biofeedback treatment.