How Biofeedback Can Help Reduce Pain and Stress

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Tools For Wellness

We all know how stress impacts our daily lives. Stress can cause insomnia, disrupted sleep patterns and mood changes. Stress can contribute to feelings of fear and anxiety. But stress does more than affect how we feel emotionally, it can also affect how we feel physically. Undue or prolonged stress can have grave consequences for our general health and well-being.

Biofeedback is one way that you can discover and measure your body’s reactions to stress. These reactions are involuntary and we do not have control over them. Stress and anxiety might cause your heart to race, your palms to sweat or you may get muscle tightening and tension headaches.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

… biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance.

Biofeedback uses electrical sensors that receive information about changes in your body. Through  biofeedback training, you can learn to relax certain muscles or control your heart rate.  By learning to control these reactions and bodily functions, you can achieve a more relaxed state and reduce pain or anxiety.

By using a biofeedback machine that “reads” the changes in your body’s reactions, you can learn to counteract them by using relaxation techniques.  A biofeedback machine lets you understand how your thoughts affect your physiological functions.

Biofeedback training will teach you how to control those reactions through your thoughts, emotions and behavior. The feedback from the machine instantly lets you know how successful you have been in making changes in these bodily functions.

 

Once you master biofeedback techniques, you can take more control over your body and your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, biofeedback may helpful in reducing the amount of medication necessary to treat symptoms of certain conditions. Most importantly, you can reduce the emotional and bodily reactions to stress that may be impacting your life in a harmful way.