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Biofeedback



Douglas Adams

Biofeedback, classified by NCCAM as a mind-body method, is one of the most widely accepted modalities of the complementary family of interventions. It is a nonpharmacological and noninvasive approach to assist clients in altering physiological responses. It is not painful and has few adverse reactions.

With a nearly 70 percent or better success rate of clinical improvement, biofeedback may be considered effective in the amelioration or reduction of symptoms such as headache, irritable bowel disease, and hypertension with measurable outcomes. This cost- effective modality is the treatment of choice in many instances where the client is partnered with the health care provider in the health restoration process. Biofeedback can be used in conjunction with other behavioral and stress management techniques, such as visualization, cognitive restructuring, and autogenic training. It is a learning technique that allows the client to become as responsible for his or her health as the therapist, empowering the client to participate equally with the therapist in the planning and implementation of a therapeutic program.

Individual experience can be thought of as events that elicit physical, emotional, and mental responses that are stored in the body-mind. Biofeedback is the process of receiving and using feedback about responses to events to correct problems. It is used to help clients access their own healing potential with self-regulatory skill acquisition. Many different biological processes can be harnessed to provide feedback for learning. These include temperature, heart rate, and electrical muscle activity. Biofeedback is one of the most widely used and accepted alternative therapies. It can be used to treat a variety of problems, including headaches and other pain conditions, muscle tone irregularities, and anxiety.


Douglas Adams is the owner of www.allwellbeing.com , a website dedicated to increasing knowledge of health related issues.

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