Biofeedback therapy is a noninvasive treatment for a wide range of medical disorders. It requires no pharmaceuticals. Instead, this treatment embraces the concept that the mind and body are intricately connected. Through this connection, some medical practitioners say people can learn to alleviate health issues such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, and tension headaches. Researchers haven’t found a reason why biofeedback works, but they do seem to agree that it promotes relaxation and is especially effective for stress-related conditions.
Physicians may prescribe biofeedback for a variety of reasons, many of them stress-related. People have found relief through biofeedback therapy for a wide range of conditions including migraines, anxiety, depression, incontinence, and insomnia. Ongoing chronic pain, such as back pain, can also improve upon treatment. Biofeedback may alleviate symptoms associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. However, some conditions require continuation of prescribed medications in addition to the biofeedback therapy, and everyone should consult their physician before ceasing any other treatments.
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