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The Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
6550 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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Biofeedback is a relatively new technique in which patients are trained to improve their own health by learning to control bodily functions. Patients are monitored by a machine that records “involuntary” activities. Biofeedback can be used to treat high blood pressure, tension headaches, migraine headaches, chronic pain and even urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence. Biofeedback is a product of psychophysiology, the study of the interrelationships between mind and body. The two most popular techniques used in psychophysiology studies are biofeedback and relaxation therapy to treat patients.
Through biofeedback, patients should be able to:
- Recognize whether the physiological system is functioning properly
- Learn how to internally control the system to correct organ malfunction
Biofeedback has demonstrated proven success in a variety of health problems:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Back pain
- Fecal incontinence
- High blood pressure
- Motion sickness
- Muscles spasms
A typical biofeedback session with one of our Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine biofeedback therapists lasts about an hour. During the session, the therapist guides the patient through relaxation techniques and mental exercises to help overcome their conditions. The process of biofeedback is simple: scientists feel that some conditions are actually brought on by stress. When a person is severely stressed, internal processes (such as high blood pressures) can become overactive. The result is serious and life-threatening conditions. Using biofeedback relaxation techniques, patients can train their body to control imbalances. Along with therapy sessions, patients perform relaxation techniques at home for at least five to 10 minutes every day.
Results can often be seen within eight to 10 sessions but the amount will vary depending on the patients’ medical history and condition. Some patients may require up to 20 weekly sessions before significant improvement is seen.