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Would biofeedback teach me to manage muscle pain resulting from my anxiety?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Biofeedback can be very effective as a method for muscle relaxation.
When it comes to treating muscle pain, it is also important to engage in regular flexibility and strengthening exercises to target your muscle imbalances. A physiatrist or physical therapist can help design a program for you.

In brief: Yes

Biofeedback can be very effective as a method for muscle relaxation.
When it comes to treating muscle pain, it is also important to engage in regular flexibility and strengthening exercises to target your muscle imbalances. A physiatrist or physical therapist can help design a program for you.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Biofeedback & pain

Several forms of biofeedback could be helpful.
If the primary problem is muscle tension, then EMG feedback would be appropriate, and it could reduce your anxiety. Almost any type of biofeedback could help you manage your anxiety -- respiration & heart rate variability (hrv), skin temperature, or electrodermal response (edr). Look for a certified therapist at www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org.

In brief: Biofeedback & pain

Several forms of biofeedback could be helpful.
If the primary problem is muscle tension, then EMG feedback would be appropriate, and it could reduce your anxiety. Almost any type of biofeedback could help you manage your anxiety -- respiration & heart rate variability (hrv), skin temperature, or electrodermal response (edr). Look for a certified therapist at www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org.
Dr. Bob Stewart
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Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice

In brief: Very likely!

Research shows anxiety clearly increases the perception of pain and that even a healthy brain can develop abnormal EEG patterns in response to chronic pain.
By comparing your EEG activity to a normative database of healthy people your age, we can see if any abnormal brainwave activity correlates with your symptoms of anxiety. That is the area to train.

In brief: Very likely!

Research shows anxiety clearly increases the perception of pain and that even a healthy brain can develop abnormal EEG patterns in response to chronic pain.
By comparing your EEG activity to a normative database of healthy people your age, we can see if any abnormal brainwave activity correlates with your symptoms of anxiety. That is the area to train.
Dr. Cecilia Alailima
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