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Biofeedback therapy

Stress is a common part of life. How your body reacts to stress may have a big impact on your health. Biofeedback can help you improve your health and well-being by learning to control this reaction. Biofeedback training is intended to give you a confident, effective skill in self-coping.

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What it biofeedback therapy

Biofeedback therapy is mind-body training. It can help you feel more relaxed, sleep better, and manage your reaction to pain.

Biofeedback uses special equipment to show you how your body reacts to stress. Sensors placed on your body measure key body functions like breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. A monitor uses sights and sounds to help you understand how your body changes in response to being stressed or remaining relaxed. During a biofeedback session, a therapist guides you through techniques so you learn how to remain relaxed.

What is biofeedback therapy good for treating

Biofeedback therapy treats

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Stress

Source: Allina Health Neuroscience Spine and Pain Institute
Reviewed by: Hanifa Sait, Director East Pain Services

First published: 3/7/2017
Last reviewed: 12/21/2016