What Kinds of Problems Can Biofeedback Help?
Through clinical research and
application, biofeedback techniques have expanded into widely used
procedures that treat an ever-lengthening list of conditions.
Biofeedback is an effective treatment
for migraine and tension headaches among both children and adults.
This has been proven by numerous controlled studies with follow-ups of
up to 15 years. The American Association for Headache cites
biofeedback as an acceptable treatment.
The Agency for Health Care Policy and
Research Consensus cites biofeedback as the primary treatment for
urinary incontinence, a condition affecting up to 30 percent of
elderly people living independently and about 50 percent of patients
in long-term care facilities. Illnesses such as multiple sclerosis,
muscular dystrophy or lupus, as well as strokes and prostate surgery
can cause incontinence.
Eighty percent of individuals with
essential hypertension who underwent biofeedback training in one study
reduced their prescription medications or no longer needed them at
all, even after years of taking medication.
More than 700 groups worldwide are
using EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) for treatment of ADD/ADHD
(Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Clinicians have reported
that patients who experienced a 60 to 80 percent significant
improvement in the condition and a marked reduction in medication
Dr. Lester Fehmi, the Director of the
Princeton Biofeedback Centre is a consultant to Coach Bob Ward of the
Dallas Cowboys (NFL) for stress management and performance.
The New England Journal of Medicine
stunned the health care world when it reported that alternative
medicine almost equaled traditional medicine in total revenues.
Studies on women with PMS have shown
biofeedback can help relieve the symptoms.
In more than 90 percent of children
under the age of 12 with sleeping problems such as bedwetting,
recovery is expected within the first two months of biofeedback
Therapists in several states, including
Florida, Wisconsin and New Jersey have found that some spinal cord
injury and chronic neuromuscular disease paralysis victims have been
able to regain most of their muscular limb abilities after biofeedback
training. This dramatic approach is not yet readily available in many
states. The results, though they sometimes appear to be miracles,
(i.e., helping people told they will never walk or use their hands
again to walk or feed themselves) are really just the results of
practical use of existing biofeedback technologies.
Numerous studies have shown that people
with panic and anxiety disorders who undertake biofeedback training
gain significantly in their ability to control these states, to the
point that these no longer interfere with their daily life.