Biofeedback may be recommended by your physician as a complimentary treatment for pain management, stress management, or other conditions that affect an individual’s quality of life. Biofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that involves measuring a patient’s physiological activity such as heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, muscle tension, and sweat gland activity. These physiological responses are recorded and provided to the patient in real-time in order to increase awareness and enable the client to gain conscious control over his or her unconscious physiological responses.
Biofeedback provides the patient with access to and an understanding of these physiological responses. As a result, he or she is able to implement tools in order to gain control over some physiological responses, and this improved control over one's own physiology can result in a decrease of symptoms. For example, muscle tension, stress, and anxiety often exacerbate symptoms of pain thus increasing pain levels and further feeding the muscle tension, stress, and anxiety. This physiological loop becomes a self-reinforcing cycle causing the patient more distress. Through teaching the patient how to recognize and manage his or her muscle tension, stress, or anxiety this cycle is disrupted and the patient is able to decrease pain symptoms through specific techniques taught in biofeedback.
The Loma Linda University Psychological Services Clinic is proud to offer biofeedback services to its clients. Clinicians are doctoral level students working under a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. If you feel biofeedback may be a useful complimentary treatment for you or your child, please contact us.