Biofeedback



a method of learning to control one’s bodily functions by monitoring one’s own brain waves, blood pressure, degree of muscle tension, etc.
the feedback thus obtained.
Historical Examples

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noun
(physiol, psychol) a technique for teaching the control of autonomic functions, such as the rate of heartbeat or breathing, by recording the activity and presenting it (usually visually) so that the person can know the state of the autonomic function he or she is learning to control Compare neurofeedback
n.
biofeedback
(bī’ō-fēd’bāk’)
The technique of using monitoring devices to obtain information about an involuntary function of the central or autonomic nervous system, such as body temperature or blood pressure, in order to gain some voluntary control over the function. Using biofeedback, individuals can be trained to respond to abnormal measurements in involuntary function with specific therapeutic actions, such as muscle relaxation, meditation, or changing breathing patterns. Biofeedback has been used to treat medical conditions such as hypertension and chronic anxiety.
biofeedback [(beye-oh-feed-bak)]

Note: Biofeedback has had some success in the treatment of such disorders as chronic headaches and back pain.

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