What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a non-pharmaceutical method of treatment in which patients are trained to control their own physiology in order to improve physical and psychological health.

Example- a patient who is trained to control his/her temperature can help manage the symptoms of headaches as well as enhance general relaxation.

How does Biofeedback Work?

  • Biofeedback targets the underlying dysregulation in brain activity that can exacerbate, and sometimes cause, clinical symptoms. This influence may also encourage neurophysiological resilience with the induction of brain flexibility, relaxation, and a steadier central nervous system. For example, if one’s neuroanatomy and physiological health, is over-stimulated, or under-aroused, mental illnesses with various symptoms may manifest behaviorally, psychologically, emotionally, and/or physically. Disorders such as anxiety and depression may have a base in neurophysiology which consequently can be targeted for training. A brain with greater flexibility has the capacity to more healthily adapt to challenging life situations.

Biofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating the following conditions:

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Migraines & headaches
  • Recurrent stomach aches in children 
  • Stroke
  • Mild head injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Substance abuse 
  • PMS symptoms
  • Peak performance training


 What are the benefits of biofeedback?

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Clearer thinking

 What is biofeedback used to treat?

  • Hypertension
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • ADHD
  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety
  • Children’s stomach pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)

Click on the article titles below to read more about biofeedback.

Important Aspects of Biofeedback

Common Modalities Used in Biofeedback

Biofeedback for Anxiety

Biofeedback for Chronic Pain

Biofeedback for Epilepsy

Biofeedback for Functional Abdominal Pain

Biofeedback for Hypertension

Helping Migraines & Tension Headaches with Biofeedback

Helping TMD/TMJ (Joint Disorders) with Biofeedback

Implications of Incorporating Biofeedback into Healthcare

Biofeedback References



This video shows a Biofeedback Demonstration produced by The Brain Clinic in New York City.

Biofeedback Demonstration

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