As a complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) technique, biofeedback falls into my category of “cool CAM things to try,” for several reasons: 1) it is unlikely to hurt you; 2) it may actually help you; and 3) it provides instant feedback that you are doing something right. While I don’t think that I would turn to biofeedback to solve many (or most) of my multiple sclerosis symptoms, I will definitely give it a try for mild sensory symptoms, sleep problems, mild cognitive problems and as a way to reduce stress.
What Is It? Biofeedback taps into the mind-body connection for healing purposes. Formal biofeedback therapy uses monitoring equipment to translate different bodily reactions into pictures or sounds. Which equipment is used depends on what is being measured and what specific symptom or condition the person wants to address.