Because stress is an ailment that affects everyone from time to time, it may seem as though the symptoms are impossible to control. We may experience an increase in heart rate, tension of the muscles, or elevated blood pressure, and none of these conditions is healthy. The negative effects of such ailments literally cause us to age faster. In the past, it was always assumed that the autonomic functions of the body like these, as well as temperature and other automatic responses of the body, were impossible to control. However, after studying the conscious control of such functions by Indian yogi masters, it has been found that such possibilities exist through the use of biofeedback therapy.
Feedback provided by electronic devices will tell analysts how your body responds to stress. Based on the input received from electronic monitoring systems, the therapist can then concentrate on your particular reaction and help you reverse it through various control exercises.
Biofeedback therapy provides a much more innovative approach to stress relief by comparison to most solutions offered in the past. In alternate treatment methods, therapists focused on relaxation of the entire body. Now, however, biofeedback therapy allows for concentration on specific areas that are negatively affected by stress to be targeted for relief. For example, if the tension caused by stress is concentrated in your lower back and does not affect your neck or shoulders, there is no reason to attempt to relax the any other area. The biofeedback will make it plain where the tension is located, and therapy can be targeted to this area alone, with various relaxation tools like guided imagery being employed and no concentration on any unnecessary areas.
Such techniques as progressive muscle relaxation are also used to help reduce or eliminate the affects of stress and side effects of other illnesses and can be used to relax the body altogether. Biofeedback therapy has been found to help control other disorders and diseases, including diabetes, incontinence, epilepsy, hyperactivity disorders, and more.
Because it is a noninvasive, painless procedure, biofeedback therapy is becoming outrageously preferable to most other neurological monitoring procedures. Because it is like looking into a mirror, it also allows us to view our own reactions and get to know ourselves better, making it a greatly important therapeutic option for many who feel that they know little about their bodies or having little sense of control over their own functionality who wants to gain insight into their own personality.