Increasing rates of opioid addiction have caused many people to turn to non-pharmaceutical options for pain relief and other conditions. One treatment that has been gaining traction is biofeedback. At MD Beauty Labs Spa and Wellness Center in Palm Beach, Florida, we can also use it to treat a growing list of conditions. Keep reading to learn more about this approach and how it can help you.
What Is Biofeedback?
As a holistic option, biofeedback helps you learn how to recognize and respond to stimuli. It is commonly used to treat chronic stress and pain, both of which can have serious implications for long-term health. It utilizes the principle of mind over matter in that you are learning how to make small changes to your behavior to produce the desired effect.
The process uses sensors that are attached to your body. They provide real-time readings of key vital functions like heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, body temperature, and oxygen saturation. Some forms of biofeedback also monitor brain waves and cognitive responses.
What Is a Treatment Session Like?
During a session, a variety of sensors will be applied to your body. These are designed to record and display your physical responses in real-time. You will be able to see how each action you take impacts them, which gives you greater control over them. Some examples of actions you might perform during a session include contracting and relaxing muscles, breathing exercises, and focusing on certain feelings of pain.
How It Works
You can think of this as training yourself to respond in healthy and positive ways to external stimuli. You will learn to recognize and harness physiological responses to pain stimuli. Over time, as you are able to recognize the triggers independent of sensors, and you will be better prepared to better react and respond to stressful situations and pain.
Biofeedback can also help you understand and control your responses to pain. This is effective at alleviating symptoms of chronic conditions that may have previously used drug therapies for treatment.
What Is Biosound?
A subspecialty of the field, biosound uses special vibrations to produce relaxation, reduce stress, and help ease pain. It builds upon research into the healing and therapeutic properties of certain types of music as well as how sound can produce specific, predictable physiological responses in the body. There is a growing body of evidence that it can help with the process of addiction recovery as well.
What Is a Treatment Session Like?
During a biosound session, you will recline in a specially designed chair, usually with a blanket placed over your lap. This resembles a dentist’s chair. Vibrations will be applied to the chair while you listen to therapeutic healing sounds. It is comfortable, relaxing, and incredibly safe.
Your responses are tracked and displayed, and the data can be analyzed to help you understand and influence them. You will use this feedback to learn greater control over your emotions and the physical responses to them.
How It Works
There is strong evidence that sound can affect your mood and physiological responses. In fact, there is a direct connection between music and the parasympathetic nervous system that controls automatic processes like heart rate and breathing. Biosound taps that connection to produce a relaxing and healing experience. As a result, it can help reduce stress and pain.
Who Is This Right For?
Biofeedback and biosound are widely considered to be safe and effective therapies. Since they are completely natural and holistic, both can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. In general, if you can relate to one or more of these statements, you might be a good candidate for treatment:
- You have trouble handling stress
- You are experiencing chronic pain
- You have elevated blood pressure
- You suffer from migraines or tension headaches
- Your emotions tend to get the better of you
- You experience mood swings or periods of anxiety
- You are working through addiction recovery
If you are particularly sensitive to sounds or vibrations, or you have certain medical conditions, you may not be a good candidate. The best way to determine if one of these therapies is suitable for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. You can go over your medical history and concerns to make an informed decision.
Learn More About Biofeedback and Biosound Therapies
If this sounds like a good choice for you, we can help you learn more and make an informed decision. Contact MD Beauty Labs Spa and Wellness Center in Palm Beach, Florida, today to schedule a consultation.