To understand biofeedback, one must first understand the difference between the autonomous (automatic) systems and the voluntary (controllable) systems that exist in the human body. The autonomous systems are involuntary, such as blood circulation.
Biofeedback works by targeting certain areas of the body in order to evoke a desired response in an autonomous system, such as controlling your thoughts in order to lower your heart rate. While methods of old are still widely practiced, the advent of mobile and wearable devices has increased the reach of biofeedback.
It is a mind-body technique that teaches a person’s body how to self-regulate involuntary processes. This helps to alter or change the person’s physiology in order to improve their mental and/or physical health.
Biofeedback works for many ailments, especially lowering stress and reducing blood pressure, and it has shown tremendous widespread practicality.
Can Biofeedback Help Me?
Relatively anyone is capable of benefiting from biofeedback. There are several methods of biofeedback, and most of the exercises center around relaxation techniques.
These techniques include deep, controlled breathing, or progressive muscle tightening and relaxation. It can also focus certain groups of muscles working across the body in an orderly pattern to achieve deeper state of relaxation.
This technique requires the patient to focus on positive thinking and controlled breathing, and letting go of negative emotions and feelings. Focused, purposeful relaxation is the key to any biofeedback exercise, with the goal being to create a healthier, happier, better individual who is more relaxed – and able to focus and control the aspects of one’s body.
A dark room and a comfortable chair are all that are absolutely necessary to attempt biofeedback. However, to fully be able to monitor your progress, you will wear electrical sensors that are virtually connected to various pieces of equipment.
To truly help your body to improve, there are certain medical devices that can measure your success:
- An electromyogram (EMG) can measure muscle tension and activity.
- Neurofeedback or electroencephalography (an EEG) can be used to measure brain waves and the presence of various types of brain activity.
- An electrocardiograph (ECG) measures your heart rate and determines any variations in this rate via sensors on your finger or earlobe.
- An electrodermograph (EDG) can test for sweating and can be used to measure pain and anxiety.
What Are the Benefits?
With biofeedback, it is possible to treat even serious conditions – and with some impressive results. People have used biofeedback in conjunction with traditional methods, and they have seen noticeable changes that cannot be attributed to the traditional remedies alone.
In extremely successful and rare cases, people have been able to even forego traditional medicines in favor of this holistic approach. Patients experiencing this are often relying on a combination of many different biofeedback techniques.
Pain Doctors in Austin
The team of medical professionals at Balcones Pain Consultants combines modern techniques of biofeedback with the millennia-old customs of acupuncture to offer a medication-free way of dealing with chronic pain.
By focusing the relaxation techniques of biofeedback and using sterile, extremely thin acupuncture needles, we can offer a holistic approach toward treating chronic pain. We also offer medicinal pain treatments of all kinds.
Call us at (512) 834-4141 today and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians. Or contact us via the web to schedule your appointment today. You can change your tomorrow for the better!