Research has shown that if patients are able to monitor their body’s conditions and react accordingly, they might be able to diagnose their current state and even control its internal and supposedly involuntary processes. Biofeedback is a technique that is meant to reign in the brain’s activity and affect processes such as heart rate, breathing, muscle tension and skin temperature that would consequently lead to the regulation of certain disorders that are associated with these processes. By hooking themselves up to biofeedback machines, an individual would be able to confirm the state of their body and as they try to put themselves in a state of relaxation where they can then exert a higher level of concentration and control. A patient could be able to assess their own condition and then exert their control over the body to effect the natural treatment of things such as migraines, incontinence, high blood pressure, and a variety of other conditions.
There are actually many types of biofeedback machines that measure different kinds of physiological activity and there is no single machine that can measure every type of biofeedback. Controlling specific physiological activity depends on being hooked up to the appropriate biofeedback machines. One of the most versatile biofeedback machines are EMG (electromyograph) machines that help measure muscle tension and is used to help patients treat migraines and chronic pain. Another machine that can be used to treat attention deficit disorder and other types of mental disorders is the EEG (electroencephalogram) machine that measures an individual’s brainwave activity. There are machines that can be bought for home use that allow patients to take their treatments home. A great benefit of biofeedback treatments is that they induce no chemical or physical change by themselves and therefore do not harm the body or create any potentially harmful side effects.
Some biofeedback machines are even capable of more than just diagnostic purposes and can actually be used for treatment of certain ailments. Ultrasound machines for example, are thought of as diagnostic tools that allow us to peer inside the body to look at things like a developing fetus. However there are also ultrasound machines that go further, emitting more intense sound waves that can be used to treat muscles and joints. The more intense sound waves generate heat that is able to penetrate the surface layers of the skin and reach deep inside the affected areas. These machines are ideal for athletes and other individuals who are recuperating from sports-related activity that would have put a strain on the muscles. In fact, therapeutic ultrasound machines have been widely available and used in physical therapy for quite some time now and there are models that can easily be purchased for home treatments.