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Biofeedback Pain Treatment

Biofeedback pain treatment is a non-invasive therapy technique that enables patients to tune into the signals from their bodies to improve health and physical function. Biofeedback uses electronic measuring devices to monitor and amplify involuntary body functions such as:

  • Skin temperature
  • Breathing rate
  • Muscle tension
  • Heart rate and heart rate variability
  • Galvanic skin resistance

Using the data received from biofeedback, a physical therapist helps individuals modify responses to pain and stress within everyday life. An individual might be guided to:

  • Sense muscle tension and move in new ways
  • Breathe deeper and fuller, from the low belly
  • Relax limbs in order to warm them
  • Find synchrony between breathing and heart rate

Research has shown biofeedback to be effective in the following conditions:

  • Headaches, including migraine, tension and cluster
  • Low back pain
  • Postural issues, including forward head positioning
  • Breathing issues related to pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Muscle tension issues, including over-use injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Coordination and balance issues
  • Stroke or brain injury rehabilitation
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Raynaud's syndrome

For more information

Biofeedback pain treatment is available at Marianjoy at Oakbrook Terrace. For additional information, please call 630.909.6500.