The Benefits of Biofeedback Therapy

When it comes to how your body functions, there are some things that are under your control, while others are automatic, such as your heart rate or blood pressure. Unfortunately, many health issues are influenced by processes that are seemingly beyond your reach, which is where biofeedback therapy comes in. This innovative treatment approach helps you guide your involuntary functions for better health, tackling everything from chronic pain to seizures.

At our practice, Dr. David Sudderth is certified in brain injury medicine and understands better than most the power of the brain to control both voluntary and involuntary functions in your body. Through biofeedback therapy, Dr. Sudderth teaches his patients in Fort Myers, Florida, how to better control their health.

Here’s a look at how biofeedback therapy works and some of its many benefits.

The many faces of biofeedback

When we discuss biofeedback therapy, we’re not referring to any single test or treatment protocol, but rather a way that you can better master your body’s functions for improved health. By monitoring your body’s systems using advanced equipment, Dr. Sudderth identifies problem areas and teaches you how to gain control over them.

Some of the methods that we use for biofeedback therapy include:

As you can see by this list, we monitor or measure functions that aren’t under your conscious control. By doing this, we can help you better understand the reactions and functions in your body so that you can make changes that improve your mental and physical health.

For example, if you’re struggling with chronic migraines, Dr. Suddeth monitors what happens in your body so that when you feel a migraine coming on, you recognize the signs and you deploy certain relaxation techniques that can calm the activity in your brain. 

The broad applications of biofeedback therapy

Biofeedback therapy has been used by medical experts like Dr. Suddeth for a host of mental and physical problems, which include:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the wide range of conditions in which gaining control over your body can make a marked difference. 

Teaching you to respond

As we mentioned earlier, through extensive testing, Dr. Suddeth gains a clearer picture about which of your body’s functions contribute to your health issue. By identifying these involuntary processes, you become more aware of them and offset them using relaxation or mindfulness techniques that you and Dr. Suddeth work on together.

After a series of sessions in which you practice marshalling and changing your body’s functions, you learn how to anticipate a problem and steer it in another direction.

If you’d like to explore whether biofeedback therapy is right for you, please contact us at 239-936-6778.

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