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Alternatives to Medication: Biofeedback Therapy


There has always been a debate as to whether medication can be replaced by the other alternatives or not. While medical experts still dispute this theory, there are some sets of researchers who still believe that medication can definitely be substituted by the other effective methods.

One such example is Biofeedback therapy which is considered to be an ideal alternative to medication. If you have a medication dependence and want to try to live without taking pills everyday, think about biofeedback therapy. Patients can learn to control involuntary bodily processes and thus treat a wide range of conditions like urinary incontinence, chronic pain, headache due to migraine and tension, and high blood pressure.

Because of all the aforementioned benefits and advantages, biofeedback therapy is gaining much popularity in Los Angeles. It sounds like a strange concept, but it’s actually really simple. Below, we chart out the characteristics of BrainPaint Biofeedback therapy.

What exactly is Biofeedback Therapy? 

Biofeedback therapy is an alternative, non-drug, treatment in which patients are taught to control various involuntary bodily processes such as heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. These bodily processes, which are often out of our immediate control, are monitored with the help of various instruments and practice, people can eventually learn to get the control of such movements. With the help of biofeedback, people can benefit themselves as it is useful in improving health, performance, and lastly all the physiological changes that usually occur in combination to emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Gradually, the patient will not require any instrument to understand their reactions and responses, so long as they practice the techniques taught to them buy a specialist.


How does Biofeedback Therapy actually work?

A biofeedback therapy session typically includes a therapist who attaches electrodes to the patient’s skin. Sometimes, finger sensors are used as well. These electrodes are basically sensors that send signals to a monitor that is further used to display a flash of light, sound, or an image to represent the breathing and heart rate, skin temperature, sweating, blood pressure, or muscle activity. These functions change when a person is under stress. The breathing quickens, muscles of a person tighten up, heart rate speeds up, sweating starts, and blood pressure rises. All the stress responses can be seen on the monitor as they happen, and one can also get immediate feedback as one tries to stop them. A biofeedback therapist basically helps the patients in practicing various relaxation exercises which make them able to control various body functions.

Some of the common exercises used in a biofeedback therapy are listed below:

•    Progressive muscle relaxation

•    Deep breathing

•    Mindfulness meditation

•    Progressive muscle relaxation

You can find a more extensive breakdown of these on the Dr. Axe blog.

Different Types of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is all about monitoring different body functions and so it is divided into different types that are listed below. Read through to get yourself enlightened.

• Heart Rate Variability: As the name suggests, this type of biofeedback therapy is concerned with measuring your heart rate. This specific type of biofeedback therapy is mainly used for asthma, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease abbreviated as COPD.

• Electroencephalography (EEG) or Neurofeedback: As quite clear from the name, Neurofeedback or Electroencephalography basically measures brain waves. Neurofeedback is mainly used in treating epilepsy, ADHD, i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and various other seizure disorders.

• Thermal: Thermal biofeedback therapy measures the temperature of your skin. This is basically used for Raynaud’s disease and headache.

•   Electrodermal activity (EDA): This type of biofeedback is used to measure sweating and is often used for anxiety and epilepsy.

• Electromyogram (EMG): Electromyogram is a form of biofeedback that is used to measure muscle activity. This particular type of biofeedback therapy is used for a number of diseases ranging from muscle retraining after injury, anxiety disorders, headaches, back pains, and incontinence.

Benefits of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy can be used in treating a number of ailments and disorders. Some of them are listed below:

•    Chronic pain

•    Anxiety

•    Headaches

•    High Blood Pressure

•    Urinary Incontinence

•    Constipation

•    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), etc.

There are endless possibilities and uses for BrainPaint and biofeedback therapy. PLaces like, FamilyTime Centers are certified to assist in treatments by sing trained specialists. Biofeedback is not a cure, however, it is a modern practice to naturally maintain and regulate mental health.           

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