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Exploring Biofeedback for Anxiety Sufferers

Exploring Biofeedback for Anxiety Sufferers

Exploring Biofeedback for Anxiety Sufferers

images (1)Anti-anxiety medications come with many adverse side effects, but biofeedback for anxiety offers a natural and noninvasive treatment option. Before you decide to start a prescription medication, you should explore all the available options. This will allow you to determine the best course of action for your body, without incurring unnecessary risks in the process. Biofeedback can provide effective relief for symptoms of anxiety, while being gentle on your body and mind.

How Does Biofeedback Work?

Biofeedback for anxiety works by teaching patients to think in nondestructive ways. By teaching the patient how to properly respond to their anxiety, biofeedback can help anxiety sufferers to control their symptoms without medication. Biofeedback works by giving the patient the ability to view their physiological responses to stress. Some of the most noticeable and common symptoms of anxiety patients are trained to recognize with biofeedback therapy include:

  • Cold Clammy Hands 
  • Changes in Skin Temperature 
  • Shallow and/or Rapid Breathing 
  • Muscle Tension 
  • Increased Heart Rate 
  • Changes in Brainwave Patterns 

How Does it Affect Anxiety?

A number of studies have shown great improvements in patients being treated with biofeedback for anxiety. It has been shown to help in treating both chronic and episodic anxiety disorder. Doctors have observed that biofeedback helps patients with controlling a wide range of anxiety symptoms such as racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and muscle tension. The results were sustained post treatment, with lower self-reported anxiety maintained after 6 weeks. Neurofeedback is a revolutionary form of biofeedback that particularly focuses on redirecting brainwaves that may be causing anxiety, along with a number of other neurological conditions like chronic pain and panic attacks. It can be particularly useful for training the brain to think in healthy normal patterns, and avoid falling into patterns that lead to anxiety. If you’d like to learn more about neurofeedback specifically you can read about it here.

Is Biofeedback Right for Me?

Only you can determine if biofeedback for anxiety helps you with your symptoms. The good news is biofeedback has shown no side effects so trying it has fairly little downside. Turning to risky antianxiety medications is not your only option, and you should consider natural treatment before putting yourself at risk. There is not one easy cure-all for the disorder, but there are things you can do to make living with anxiety easier. Anxiety patients tend to find that by exploring all the treatment options, they are better able to find relief for their symptoms and keep their anxiety at a manageable level. Living with anxiety doesn’t have to feel impossible, be proactive about your treatment and you can learn to take control of your disorder.

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