Biofeedback Yoda

A girl I met my freshman year of college told me about her recent struggle with Leukemia. She said that she had to have both chemotherapy and radiation but she was cancer free now and back on campus full time. I suppose she saw the stunned look of concern as I stumbled over my words… “Um..wow…congratulations…or…well, you look amazing!” She rescued me sharing that she had been trained in Biofeedback and because of deep breathing and self-hypnosis exercises, she didn’t lose her hair, become ill from treatments and she believed it to be why she was in remission so much sooner than the doctors anticipated.

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Biofeedback is a medical training method used to help people learn to gain better control over their Autonomic functions. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, sweating, body/skin temperature, circulation, stress, and muscle tension are some of the ways we can learn to have some control over our bodies.

For those who suffer from chronic pain disorders, diabetes or arthritis, learning how to increase the bloodflow to the legs, feet, and hands not only decreases pain like cold or burning sensations, it can stimulate healing in the bones, muscles and nerves where there is atrophy, further reducing deep bone pain sensations. People who suffer with Anxiety and Depressive Disorders can benefit by tracking progress through relaxation, muscle release exercises, sleep training, etc.
Some of the tools used along with the EMG Biofeedback device are counseling, meditation, guided imagery, visualization techniques, Β music therapy, self hypnotism training, muscle relaxation techniques, focus exercises, etc. Some people describe Biofeedback like playing a video game on the screen, but the remotes are your mind and body. Each program would be different based on the patient, their specialized needs, and the Biofeedback trainer.

Biofeedback has been used by Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counselors for many years and is an evolving method. Biofeedback is used to help those with neurological disorders, chronic illness, terminal illness, learning disabilities, mental illness, chronic pain, sports injuries, sleep disorders, fainting disorders, pregnancy training, Autism, and so many more applications.

It is a non-invasive therapy. Like any physical therapy, it is not a shot, a pill, a surgery or quick fix, and it does require patience and commitment from both the patient and the trainer. Once these skills are learned, they are a part of you and you can use them forever.

Just 10 years ago, around the time I did my Biofeedback training, it was a very rare therapy. Now, it is becoming much more widely available and doctors are utilizing Biofeedback as a non-invasive option for their patients.

I always think of it as the ultimate in mind over matter. I am personally a big believer in Biofeedback as a coping mechanism for chronic pain, chronic illness, and the emotional toll it can take on the body. Biofeedback tools have helped me daily for the past 9 years. If you can physically control it, they can teach you how. And we have so much more control over our brains and bodies than we think. To me, people who get through full training of Biofeedback or Neurofeedback are like Han Solo’s and the trainers are the Yoda’s of medicine.

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 11 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Four years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 4 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on December 3, 2014, in Biofeedback, Health, Medical Research/ Treatments and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing this awesome information on Biofeedback. I totally am on board with that process and fully believe in the healing powers of that. I’m honored that you chose my Yoga girl art in your blog!!! Let’s spread the GOOD stuff around!! πŸ™‚ Blessings to you, Mary

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  2. This is a helpful break-down of the meaning of “biofeedback.” I’ve heard about it a few times (and I am interested), but this post helped me understand the concept. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Awesome Danielle! So happy to hear that πŸ™‚
      I’ll definitely be doing more posts about in in the future since Biofeedback training left me with the best tools I have for facing chronic illness on a daily basis.
      I really appreciate you taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

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  3. My son did biofeedback to help him with his migraines. Over the past thirty years, my mother has used self-hypnosis and meditation as an adjunct to her cancer treatment and to cope with pain. When I was a drama geek in junior high and high school, we warmed up with yoga. Many applications for the techniques.

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  4. Great post! I’m interested in learning more about biofeedback, as I think it could help with my POTS symptoms. How do I go about finding a biofeedback specialist? Should I ask my doctor for a referral?

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    • Lindsay,
      I did Biofeedback training for chronic pain many years before my POTS began and have continued using the tools. That’s why I can tell you that when POTS kicked in, these tools (especially breathing, heartrate, and blood to my brain) have been priceless. I wish I could say they “fix” me, but they do help so much.
      Yes, try asking your doctor if he/she can find a biofeedback trainer for you. POTS Biofeedback is pretty specialized, but if you can find psychologist that does it for chronic pain and migraines, they should be able to give you many great tools for your journey ahead.
      Thank you so much for your question! πŸ™‚
      Let me know if you pursue it and what happens. I’d love to hear about it.

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