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What happens during a biofeedback session?

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Electrodes attached to your skin or finger sensors send signals to a monitor so you can see your heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, sweating, or muscle activity. As they change in response to stress, you can see it on the monitor and get real-time feedback as you practice relaxation exercises. Eventually, you'll learn how to control these body functions on your own, without the biofeedback equipment.

Sessions are typically done in a therapist's office so they can help you fine-tune your control, but there are programs that connect the biofeedback sensor to your own computer.

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

Morone, N.E. , May-June 2007. Pain Medicine

Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

“NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Art Science Statements,” December 2007.

Wang, S.Z. , October 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Greenhalgh J. , April 2010. Journal of Hypertension

Moravec, C.S. , March 2008. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 02, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Biofeedback."

American Headache Society: "Biofeedback and Relaxation Training for Headaches."

UCSF Medical Center: "Biofeedback for Incontinence."

Glick, R.M. , March 2010. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Palermo, T.M. , March 2010. Pain

Morone, N.E. , May-June 2007. Pain Medicine

Nicholson, R.A. , November 2010. Current Treatment Options in Neurology

“NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Art Science Statements,” December 2007.

Wang, S.Z. , October 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Greenhalgh J. , April 2010. Journal of Hypertension

Moravec, C.S. , March 2008. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 02, 2018

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