Biofeedback Therapy and
Stress Relief Services in New Jersey
Did You Know?
Did you know that in 2011, Gaul and his colleagues found that 81% of people in their research study who suffered from chronic headaches sought out Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM), because they wanted to “be active against the disease,” “leave nothing undone,” or “because traditional treatment had failed?” Today, 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headache. This very common problem is the leading cause of missed work days and significantly impacts people’s occupational, home-life and social functioning. A person who suffers with headache frequently has to tolerate moderate to severe pain while going through the motions of life or is bed-ridden having cancelled plans, once again. Tension headaches are usually caused by muscles being tense for long periods of time due to a person not realizing the actual constriction in the muscle, reactions to stress, poor posture, or habits. Migraine is produced by a similar action, but also involves improper blood flow and cool hand temperatures, as well. For people who may be suffering in pain and seeking out a complimentary treatment for tension or migraine headache, biofeedback therapy works by teaching the person to release muscular constriction and change blood flow patterns that underlie the headache pain mechanism.
The Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
The Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback states that biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn to cope with physiological activity for the purpose of improving their health. In an office setting, precise instruments measure physiologic activity such as skin temperature and muscle activity of the head, shoulders and neck and they rapidly and accurately “feedback” this information to the user. The presentation of this information – often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions and behavior – supports the physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure outside the office without continued use of the instrument. In effect, the individual learns how to prevent and reduce headache pain in daily life.
The Association, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association, also states that based on criteria from formal studies, biofeedback is rated as “efficacious” (a level 4 on a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being superior) for the treatment of tension and migraine type headache. The US Headache Consortium reports that thermal and muscle feedback combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy may be considered Grade A Evidence for prevention of migraine.