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Posted Dec 13 2008 11:29pm

An Introduction to Biofeedback Therapy for Relieving Pain

Thursday, June 19, 2008 16:56

A guest post by Heather Johnson

Biofeedback therapy has benefited many people who suffer from chronic pain, including those with Repetitive Stress Injuries. It is the technique of improving your health by monitoring your body signals and making slight adjustments to your temperature, blood pressure, or even the way you carry yourself. If you have ever used a thermometer or taken your own blood pressure, you have already been conducting biofeedback at home.

Many more advanced biofeedback also techniques exist to help relieve pain. There are ways to regulate one’s body in order to relieve symptoms of everything from wrist pain to migraines. Although biofeedback may not serve as a miracle cure for your symptoms, it can certainly make your life a lot more pleasurable.

A popular book entitled Healthy Computing With Muscle Biofeedback addresses the need for desk jockeys to take the guesswork out of their chronic pain and find its true source. This text is recommended for ergonomists but may also be of value to those suffering from computer-related overuse injuries.

In short, biofeedback is using one’s mind to improve one’s health. Many people use medical devices for biofeedback therapy, though it isn’t always necessary. Learning how to relax one’s back muscles is a form of biofeedback, for example, which can be done through standard relaxation exercises. If you do elect to use biofeedback devices, there are many available for home use.

Below are some valuable resources for getting started with biofeedback:

• Biofeedback Network – Dr. Eric Miller operates this site. He is a proponent of biofeedback and the many benefits it holds for a number of conditions.
• AAPB - The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback was founded in 1969. This is a non-profit organization that provides many services to those interested in biofeedback therapy.
• Biofeedback Infocenter – This handy introduction to biofeedback is provided by Holistic Online.com. Here, you will learn about the many types of treatment, as well as how to get started with home therapy.

Note: Always consult your physician before embarking on biofeedback therapy. Although it is generally considered safe, some treatments can interfere with medications related to anxiety and/or depression.


Heather Johnson is a regular commentator on the subject of CNA Classes. She welcomes your feedback and potential job inquiries at heatherjohnson2323 at* gmail .dot com.

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