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.
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, 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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Posted on December 3, 2014, in Biofeedback, Health, Medical Research/ Treatments and tagged Biofeedback, Biofeedback for cancer, Biofeedback for chronic pain, Biofeedback for sleep disorders, Biofeedback therapy, Biofeedback tools for chronic pain, cancer, Chronic Illness, Chronic pain, crps, meditation, Non-invasive therapy for CRPS, non-invasive treatment for RSD, Relaxation tools for pain, rsd, self-hypnosis, Spoonie, Tools for managing chronic pain, What is Biofeedback, yoga, yoga for chronic pain. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.