- The branch of physiology that deals with the interrelation of mental and physical phenomena.
- Rick’s definition: A very long and fancy word; difficult to say three times fast. It means your mind and your body are connected. When you treat one, you treat the other.
If we can reduce the fear and the tension we can change the pain.
What is Psychophysiology and Biofeedback?Psychophysiology is a treatment approach to pain using the concept of mind/body medicine. The reality of experiencing pain is it is not just physical…it is emotional as well. Lingering physical pain causes stress of various types such as ongoing muscle spasms, sleep problems, worries about the future, feelings of hopelessness, isolation, etc. A Psychophysiologist doesn’t just focus on the “ouch” of pain. They focus on how you deal with the stress of the pain and if we can reduce the fear and tension, we can reduce the pain.
The main tools of a Psychophysiologist:
Is this treatment right for you?
Let’s start with this: there are no side effects. None of the sensors send electricity to you. None of the sensors irritate your condition. They only measure what is happening in your body. If you already experienced the frustrations of feeling pain and are searching for a new way to effectively treat it, this can help.
A typical patient has a pain condition that has not been improving. Typical treatments of pharmaceuticals or surgery, or therapy have not been effective. Patients realize that they may have some pain for a long time, but they just don’t want it to get worse. They want to get better but no one has clearly explained to them why it is not happening and how they can change it.
More on Mind Body Medicine
Mind Body Medicine is a field emphasizing mental awareness or attention to the connection of your emotions to pain conditions. Most all Physicians recognize this connection as a significant factor contributing to either the success or lack of success to their treatments. But in those cases of non responding conditions, the Physician must refer out to specialists who are trained to use mind body techniques.