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Zei Gezunt with Biofeedback
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

BIOFEEDBACK
 • Description
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications

Description
Biofeedback is an alternative mode of treatment in which one learns to consciously control usually involuntary functions in the body such heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and pain perception by feeding back information about these functions to electronic monitoring devices. Some therapists utilize neurobiofeedback that teaches the individual how to control brain wave activity.

Statistical studies show the following:
Both men and women utilize this mode of treatment for many physical problems such as high blood pressure, urinary incontinence and gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Since women tend to suffer more than men from urinary incontinence and irritable bowel syndrome the statistics on the efficacy of biofeedback on these issues is skewed – showing more women benefiting from Biofeedback. Some research studies have shown that biofeedback is 94% effective for urinary incontinence. Studies have shown neurobiofeedback as a viable treatment modality for children suffering from ADD. Further research needs to be done to evaluate statistical results.

Symptoms
There are three commonly used types of biofeedback
  •  Electromyography (EMG) – A monitoring device that measures muscle tension
  •  Thermal Biofeedback – A monitoring device that measures the temperature of the skin
  •  Neurobiofeedback (EEG) – A monitoring device that measures brain wave activity

Biofeedback is an effective mode of treatment for the following medical conditions:
  •  Asthma
  •  Insomnia
  •  Chronic pain
  •  Fatigue
  •  Tension and migraine headaches
  •  High blood pressure
  •  Irritable bowel syndrome
  •  Motion Sickness
  •  PMS
  •  Raynaud’s disease
  •  Urinary (or bowel) incontinence
  •  Abdominal pain in children
  •  Painful intercourse

And the following mental disorders are treated with Neurobiofeedback
  •  Addictions
  •  Anxiety and Depression
  •  ADD/ADHD
  •  Autism
  •  Eating Disorders

Questions to ask the practitioner
  •  How much training have you had and from what school?
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
  •  Biofeedback is not recommended for individuals suffering from mental illnesses such as depression, psychosis, obsessive neurosis or psychopathic personalities.
  •  People who have endocrine disorders such as diabetes should not be treated with biofeedback as it can alter the need for insulin or other hormones.
  •  It is advisable for those undergoing biofeedback therapy to keep a daily diary to assess effectiveness of the treatment.

List of Products & Services
 •  The Journey to Wild Divine Biofeedback Software & Hardware for PC & Mac: The Passage
 •  The StressEraser Personal Portable Biofeedback System by Helicor

Books and Publications
 •  Brain and Body in Sport and Exercise: Biofeedback Applications in Performance Enhancement (Paperback)
 •  Twelve Steps to BioFeedback (Paperback)
 •  The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body (Hardcover)
 •  The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function (Paperback)
 •  Beyond Kegels: Fabulous Four Exercises & More to Prevent & Treat Incontinence 2nd Ed. (Paperback)

Alternative Treatment Methods
 • Acupressure
 • Acupuncture
 • Aromatherapy
 • Biofeedback
 • Chiropractic Treatment
 • Guided Imagery
 • Herbal Remedies
 • Homeopathy
 • Hypnosis
 • Magnetic Therapy
 • Massage Therapy
 • Meditation
 • Qigong
 • Reflexology
 • Reiki
 • Tai Chi
 • Therapeutic Touch
 • Vitamin Therapy
 • Yoga

 


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