Biofeedback for Chronic Pain & Headaches

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a way to measure, control and balance your nervous system. In biofeedback medical instruments are attached to your body to measure bodily functions you do not usually consciously control; ie. muscle tension, heart rate, blood flow through the arteries, sweat gland activity, and respiration. Biofeedback is a way to see what is going on in your body by magnifying signals and seeing them on a computer screen. Your biofeedback therapist will coach you to control the signals and bring your readings to "normal".

What conditions is biofeedback used for?

  • Headaches - migraine, tension, cluster

  • Chronic & acute pain

  • Essential hypertension

  • T.M.J. disorders

  • Repetitive stress disorders

  • Heart disease

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Panic attacks

  • I.B.S.

  • Raynauds

  • Preparing for surgery

  • Any symptom that is created by, or exacerbated by, stress

How does biofeedback work?

Normally you don’t think about how the blood flows through your arteries…it just flows! However, if you get migraine headaches, or have high blood pressure, you might want to learn to consciously learn how to control vascular changes in the body (blood flow). Normally you do not have to think about controlling your heart rate…. but if you have a fast heart rate, or an irregular heart rate, we want to teach you how to control that. There are many bodily functions that we can learn how to control by learning how to control the autonomic nervous system.

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