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Biofeedback in Medicine: Who, When, Why and How?
Mental Health in Family Medicine
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2010
Pages: 85 - 91
Source ID: shanti-sources-34156
Abstract: Biofeedback is a mind–body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Much like physi- cal therapy, biofeedback training requires active participation on the part of patients and often regular practice between training sessions. Clini- cal biofeedback may be used to manage disease symptoms as well as to improve overall health and wellness through stress management training. Research has shown that biofeedback interven- tions are efficacious in treating a variety of medi- cal conditions, and many Americans are turning to biofeedback and other less traditional therapies for their routine healthcare.Clinical biofeedback training is growing increasingly popular in the USA, as many people are seeking out relatively new approaches to healthcare. This article provides an overview of clinical biofeedback training, outlines two models of training, details research which has established how effective biofeedback is in patients with a given disease, and describes who should be re- ferred for biofeedback training.