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How do you measure up? Biofeedback is a treatment which records the body’s reactions to stress, allowing patients to identify the causes of their symptoms and to work towards alleviating them. Used by doctors to help treat muscle paralysis, the biofeedback technique can also be helpful to those who are tense as a result of stress or anxiety. Sounds like it could be time to loosen up a bit...

How does it work?

Feeling a bit frazzled? Biofeedback works by re-educating the body and mind in order to develop healthier patterns of behaviour. Using state of the art technology, special biofeedback machines are able to measure electrical signals from the body. The measurements recorded can then be used to identify factors that might be contributing to stress - in addition to the areas of the body affected. Clever, eh?

Although measuring plays a key role in biofeedback, there’s more to this treatment than just a load of electrodes. Once feedback has been received via the machines, the therapist and patient can work together to try to alter reactions to stress, training the body and mind to relax. At first this is usually done with the help of the machine, as this produces sounds or lights which guide the process – over time, however, the techniques can be practised unaided at home or on the move.

Is it for me?

If you regularly find yourself suffering from stress or anxiety that affects your quality of life, then biofeedback may be able to help you gain some control and get back in the driving seat. It is also said to be able to help with certain conditions such as:

  • Migraines
  • Digestive disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic pain
  • High/low blood pressure
  • Paralysis

Good to know

We regularly use forms of biofeedback in our everyday lives. Whenever you measure a bodily function and react to it - whether through losing weight after stepping on the scales or taking it easy after a high thermometer reading - it’s an example of biofeedback in action.

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