What is L.I.F.E. Professional Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a technique that trains people to improve their health by controlling certain bodily processes that normally happen involuntarily, such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature. These processes usually occur involuntarily, however, patients who receive help from a biofeedback therapist can learn how to completely manipulate them at will.
In a normal biofeedback session, electrodes are attached to your skin. They send information to a small monitoring box that translates the measurements into a tone that varies in pitch, a visual meter that varies in brightness, or a computer screen that shows lines moving across a grid. The biofeedback therapist then leads you in mental exercises. Through trial and error, you can soon learn to identify the mental activities that will bring about the physical changes you want.
What can be treated ?
Biofeedback is primarily used to treat high blood pressure, tension headache, migraine headache, chronic pain, and urinary incontinence but it is an effective therapy for many conditions such as:
- anorexia nervosa,
- back pain,
- bed wetting,
- chronic pain,
- constipation and disorders of the digestive system
- epilepsy and related seizure disorders,
- headaches and migraines,
- head injuries,
- heart arrhythmia
- high blood pressure,
- learning disabilities,
- motion sickness,
- muscle spasms
- sexual disorders, including pain with intercourse
How effective and safe is Biofeedback?
Research shows that most people who benefit from biofeedback have conditions that are brought on or made worse by stress. For this reason, many scientists believe that relaxation is the key to successful biofeedback therapy. Therapists can measure a patient’s performance by attaching electrodes to their skin and displaying the processes on a monitor. Eventually patients learn how to control these processes without the need to be monitored.
Biofeedback is considered safe. No negative side effects have been reported.