Teaching relaxation and body awareness to improve health and reduce pain

Biofeedback uses computerized equipment that can assist your therapist to evaluate and record body responses that are not typically felt or seen.  Sensors are attached to the skin that can detect muscle tension/activity, temperature changes, clamminess or sweat response and breathing rate. The biofeedback system will display the response on a screen in the form of graphs, colors, pictures, and/or sounds and tones.  With the information the sensors provide your therapist can teach you to be aware of the responses and guide you to make positive changes.

Some of the areas typically monitored include-

  • Muscle activity.  Sensors can be placed on the skin over many muscles.  The sensors record small changes in the electrical activity that your muscles produce when they tighten or relax.  This information can be used to help you learn to strengthen weak muscles or relax tense muscles.

  • Sweating.  Sensors placed on the palm of your hand can determine sweat activity. Sweating or “clamminess” can be associated with anxiety or stressful events.  Learning to recognize this response and decrease it can help in controlling anxiety or stress.

  • Temperature.  Sensors applied to your fingertips or toes can help you recognize when there is a change in the temperature of your skin.  When a person is under stress their blood vessels get smaller.  This information can be helpful in recognizing and treating stress or anxiety, controlling certain types of headaches, blood pressure and pain conditions.

  • Breathing.  A sensor around your ribs can be used to monitor how you breathe. Your therapist can teach you how to breathe in a more successful and relaxed way.

  • Others.  Additional sensors can be used to monitor your pulse, blood pressure and heart rate to help with anxiety or pain disorders.

Some common diagnosis may that may benefit from biofeedback include- headaches-tension and migraine, chronic pain, fibromyalgia/myofascial pain, TMJ, CVA/head injury, anxiety, RSD, Raynaud’s, asthma, hyperhidrosis and hypertension.

Biofeedback can also be used to retrain the function of the pelvic floor muscles to improve incontinence, bowel or bladd disorders, pelvic pain and prolapse. Services are provided through our pelvic floor rehabilitation programs.

If you believe you may benefit from biofeedback, request a referral from your physician. To schedule an appointment for, call the clinic nearest year where biofeedback is available:

ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Ave.

Pelvic Floor Biofeedback locations are:

ProHealth Care's medical campus
240 Maple Ave.

Oconomowoc Physician Center
1185 Corporate Center Drive

ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center
2900 Golf Road

ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Ave.