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Can biofeedback help with chronic pain?

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Through biofeedback, it's possible to consciously control body functions like pulse, digestion, body temperature, and muscle tension. It may sound like science fiction, but there's good evidence that biofeedback works for migraine and tension headaches -- and it's not hard to master. After a few sessions, your mind will train your biological systems.

From: 11 Tips for Living With Chronic Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Overview of the treatment of chronic pain."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need to Know."

Salahadin Abdi, MD, chief of pain medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Living With Chronic Pain;" "Relaxation Techniques;" "Pain Management: Alternative Therapy;" "Diabetes: Smoking Cessation Tips;" "Pain Management: Psychological Therapy;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: Pain Relief from Acupuncture, Meditation, Hypnosis, and Relaxation Techniques;" "Peripheral Neuropathy & Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise & Diet;" and "Coping With the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 14, 2018

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