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Biofeedback can give your child a drug-free, non-invasive way to improve his or her own health and performance. At Cook Children's, biofeedback is a part of our headache management program.
Biofeedback is a pain-free way to get information about the activity inside your body. It can help you to become aware of early signs of pain, tension, anxiety, or other discomfort, teaches you how to change them.
The process uses a computer to find the smallest changes in muscle tension, hand temperature, sweat gland activity, heart rate, or respiration. It translates that information into changes in a series of lights, musical tones, and number values on a computer screen. You can use this information to run a computer game. Awareness of tension and relaxation reverse the stress response. This teaches you how to relax deeply and quickly, which is the main goal of biofeedback.
Biofeedback has been used successfully with chronic pain, migraine and tension-type headaches, tics, insomnia, and anxiety.
The length of time necessary for the person to become free of symptoms varies according to two things: the symptoms they have and how often they practice. Daily practice of 20 minutes is necessary to experience the benefits of biofeedback. Most progress is made when appointments are scheduled once a week for the first three to five weeks. As positive changes are made, appointments can change to once every two weeks. Most people complete therapy within five to seven sessions.
Your neurologist will evaluate your condition and refer you to biofeedback. The Neurology clinic will schedule weekly, hour-long biofeedback treatments.
Your doctor will continue to be your source of medical information and advice, and will be responsible for making any necessary changes in your medication. You will be seen by your neurologist at each biofeedback visit.
Nanny Christie, PhD, LPC
Board Certified in Biofeedback, Senior Fellow
For more information contact the Neurology clinic at 682-885-2500.
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