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Biofeedback - A Good Alternative to Medicine

Updated on March 15, 2011

What is biofeedback?

 Although many people may try to recommend usage of machines to "teach" your body to react to specific stimuli, I do not believe that is the correct definition.  Biofeedback (sans the machines) is used in hospitals and by physical therapists.  It harnesses the power of the brain to change the learned responses of the body to relearn new responses which are beneficial to the person.  In other words, the way you react to some stimuli, whether pain or anything else, is a force of habit and can be changed.

How do I do this?

Well, when I was a child everything was by the book. I went to the doctor once a year for my check-up, the dentist twice a year for cleanings, and took all of the medicine I was told to take. But there were things that I could do that they didn't mention. I discovered very young that if I thought about making my body do something, I usually could. As I got older, I focused on pain management (like in childbirth), blood pressure stabilization, pulse regulation, and keeping overall equilibrium. The more I do this, the better I get. I guess that works for everything. But to begin, you might want to focus on something that is bothering you, whether it is a sore finger or a painful cut. You probably need to close your eyes to be able concentrate properly. In your minds eye, you have to visualize (you know, see) the part of your body that is hurting or bothering you. Focus on the pain and try to encourage it to recede. You will need to tell yourself that the pain is going away and help the endorphins to be released. You must consciously send out soothing messages to your body to be calm and relaxed. This is very similar to meditiation, but you are using the concentration to heal yourself. Go inside your mind and find where you sense the pain or discomfort is. Now, keep in mind, this will NOT heal an injury or fix anything that is seriously wrong, but it can help you to control pain and keep you more calm. Eventually, you can control your breathing and slow a rapid heart rate.

Listen, try this and let me know how it works for you. 

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    • ThunderKeys profile image

      ThunderKeys 

      7 years ago

      This a great hub on bio-feedback without the machinery! Using your own perception of body cues for increased relaxation responding for pain management. Reading this reminds me of a powerful tool for helping to self induce relaxation. I'm going to write a Hub about it now. I'll make sure to link to this Hub.

      Thanks Pitzele!

    • pitzele profile imageAUTHOR

      pitzele 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you for your feedback!

    • LuisEGonzalez profile image

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      I know some who have tried this although on limited terms, and from speaking with them I get the feeling that at least for them it worked.

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