Biofeedback is a training technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals from their own bodies. Biofeedback can monitor brain activity, blood pressure, peripheral blood flow (vasoconstriction), muscle tension, heart rate and other bodily functions that are not normally controlled voluntarily.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive, patient-centered method of training the body in which the patient actively participates in the treatment. It is a learning process that helps the patient gain control of their body’s responses to anxiety, stress, physical strain and emotional stimuli. The device monitors the body’s physiology and displays the information back to the patient whose body is being monitored. Thus the patient becomes more aware of their physiological activity. The monitoring device can detect whether one part of the body is working harder than normal.
Biofeedback is used in a variety of situations such as stress, anxiety and pain control. It has been shown to be very beneficial for patients suffering from chronic pain.