Graduating Biofeedback 

Biofeedback

Biofeedback monitor showing graph of heart rate variability, breath patterns, muscle tension, etc.

Today I finished a series of 12 Biofeedback appointments in an effort to relieve my chronic migraine pain.

I was very skeptical at first, but my migraines were so severe that I told my neurologist I’d try anything. At my first Biofeedback session in November, I learned that even when I thought I was relaxed, I was tensing my shoulders more than 10 times a normal resting level. This surprised me some, but I wasn’t shocked since I’ve gone through several night guards (to protect my teeth from clenching and grinding). I also learned I automatically, unknowingly tensed my shoulder muscles every time I spoke and with each breath inhalation. I had no idea.

How Biofeedback works is sensors are placed on my shoulders at the base of my neck, on a few fingers and around my waist. These sensors recorded my heart and breathing rate/variation, muscle tension, blood pressure, skin temperature and sweating.

In the beginning, I was unable to differentiate between tension and relaxation. With practice, I learned to lower the tension, control my breathing and raise my skin temperature. It wasn’t easy — and I still find it much more difficult to do in my daily life without the visual feedback. But having completed 12 sessions today, I can tell you that Biofeedback has made a difference in reducing the severity and frequency of my chronic migraines. I have learned how to breathe without tensing both my shoulders — this is major for me and I hope that continuing to practice will help alleviate more pain.

Today’s #OneGoodThing was learning a new skill set for relaxation through Biofeedback.

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2 thoughts on “Graduating Biofeedback 

    • Thanks Lys! Yes, I wish there was some biofeedback watch/fitbit sort of thing. That would be so great! I still have a difficult time differentiating between relaxation and tension. It is so much easier to relax when I can see proof of what’s happening and not rely on my sense of it. Pain can cloud senses.

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