This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
During the past 25 years, research has demonstrated biofeedback's significant health benefits. Studies show that the therapy can help people control headaches caused by muscle contraction or dilated blood vessels better than some conventional treatments. The therapy has also aided patients recovering from strokes in regaining gait, grip, grasping ability, and other hand functions. In addition, biofeedback can be an important adjunct therapy in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. It may also serve to counter the physical tension associated with many illnesses.
Other ailments for which biofeedback is also frequently used include complications from diabetes, Raynaud's disease, and incontinence.
It is important to note that while biofeedback helps people control bodily functions and change behavior, it can't address deeper emotional and psychological issues that may be involved with stress or chronic pain. If these problems persist, you may want to consider counseling or psychotherapy.