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Biofeedback in the World Press

University of Maryland Medical Center

In a normal biofeedback session, electrodes are attached to your skin. They send information to a small monitoring box that translates the measurements into a tone that varies in pitch, a visual meter that varies in brightness, or a computer screen

Psychology Today

…They drove three hundred miles to Jackson, Wyoming; for a week at the local hospital, Jake underwent two hour-long sessions a day on a computerized biofeedback program.Within just a few days, Jake’s condition had improved.

BBC News

…“We are hoping that this biofeedback device will help to break the loop of fitful sleeping, and the psychological and physical problems which grinding can create”

National Geographic

…About half of our brave space adventurers get airsick in the process. The space agency NASA hopes to use biofeedback to teach them how to control nausea.

Science Daily

…In Germany, 1-2% of the population suffers from anal incontinence. The problem is often caused by weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. Targeted training, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation are used to restore coordination to the muscles responsible for continence…

Evidence-Based Dentistry

Objective To determine the efficacy of electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback-based treatments and to estimate the size of treatment effect.
Results Data from 12 studies contributed to a meta-analysis that compared the size of pre- and post-treatment effect for EMG biofeedback with the size of effect for control conditions.

GUARDIAN

…Today, biofeedback is used routinely in alternative medicine to alleviate problems such as headaches, chronically taut muscles resulting from accidents or sports injuries, asthma, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, disorders of the digestive system and epilepsy.

International Journal of Impotence Research

Cost implications of sexual dysfunction: the female picture …However, sex therapy and biofeedback are necessary for the patients to again have enjoyable and satisfactory intercourse…

New Zealand Herald

…Its drug-free approach stems from the founding scientists’ belief that depression, anxiety and other psychiatric symptoms associated with eating disorders are the result of the starvation, rather than the other way around. Its founders, Dr Cecilia Bergh and Professor Per Sodersten, were in Auckland last week showing their Mandometer biofeedback treatment to health professionals.

New Zealand Herald

…The technique does not involve any surgery but instead uses a computer to teach patients by “biofeedback” to control their swallowing muscles through a different part of the brain. Dr Huckabee is one of a handful of experts in the field internationally…

The Saudi Gazette

…Dr. Faiza Ghazanfar is a certified biofeedback therapist (teaching patients to read the signs of their body – blood pressure and muscle tension, for example – rather than relying on a doctor’s prognosis) and a registered Defeat Autism Now! (DAN) adviser. Dr. Syed Naqvi is a consultant at the emergency department…

BJC (British Journal of Cancer)

Cancer cells were exposed to tumour-specific modulation frequencies, previously identified by biofeedback methods in patients with a diagnosis of cancer. Control modulation frequencies consisted of randomly chosen modulation frequencies within the same 100Hz–21kHz range as cancer-specific frequencies.

The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biofeedback training is an important treatment option that has proven especially useful in the patient with dyssynergic defecation, which is characterized by impaired coordination between pelvic floor muscle relaxation and abdominal wall motion or the effort necessary for defecation…

NATURE

…If patients are unable to generate a urethral sphincter muscle contraction, aides such as biofeedback can be helpful…Biofeedback involves the use of equipment to provide auditory or visual feedback to the patient concerning their pelvic floor muscle contractions, in order to enable patients to perform these exercises adequately…

The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biofeedback therapy has been shown to be effective for DD. Aim: We examined, whether, from a societal perspective, home biofeedback is cost-effective when compared to the standard office biofeedback therapy.

NATURE

…Most women are able to manage headaches during pregnancy with nonpharmacological treatments, including biofeedback-assisted relaxation…In patients with milder headaches, biofeedback methods combined with the occasional use of over-the-counter analgesics (for example, acetaminophen) usually suffice and are safe to use during pregnancy.

British Dental journal

…supplemental therapy that teaches pain coping and biofeedback skills can reduce pain from a common jaw disorder, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center …

Modern Pathology

Biofeedback is to one of the most effective forms of treatment for obstructed defecation7, 20 as also shown by controlled studies,55 and it is thought that it acts by a learned mechanism of relaxation of pelvic floor muscles…

NATURE

…The newest devices (e.g. biofeedback equipment) are able to continuously non-invasively monitor changes in patients blood volume and pressure, to estimate an individual critical relative blood volume, dynamics of refilling, plasma conductivity, and ionic mass balance…

SCIENCE DAILY

A new study conducted by Italian researchers, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finds that biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome.

SCIENCE DAILY

Research on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) shows that neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) can remediate anomalies in brain activation, leading to symptom reduction and functional improvement. This evidence raises the hopes for a behavioral, psychophysiological intervention moderating the severity of ASD.

The New York Times

…Ms. Vergara, the school’s principal, said she saw her son become calmer, and he began doing his homework without being asked. She and Dr. Sabo brought neurofeedback, a computerized biofeedback system to Fermi, a public elementary school with 900 children.

Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease

…muscle relaxants such as diazepam coupled with prostatic massage and supportive therapy (perineal support, pelvic floor physiotherapy, biofeedback and relaxation therapy) has been reported to yield higher cure rate and relief of pain and voiding symptoms compared to antibiotics alone and is the treatment option favored by most urologists.