Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 289–293 | Cite as

Effects of EMG biofeedback on diabetes

  • Karin N. Seeburg
  • Kenneth F. DeBoer
Case Studies


A case is described in which a juvenile-onset insulin-requiring diabetic was given frontalis EMG biofeedback. For 6 years prior to biofeedback training, the subject had been healthy and stable on 22–24 units regular insulin injected once daily. During 8 weeks of standard feedback training for relaxation of frontalis muscle activity, the subject twice reduced her daily insulin dosages. At the end of 8 weeks, the subject was receiving 17–18 units regular insulin daily but was still unstable, sometimes being hyperglycemic, sometimes hypoglycemic. Because of disturbing symptoms associated with this instability, biofeedback was discontinued for 6 months, at which time the subject was again healthy and stable on the equivalent of 18–19 units regular insulin daily. After this period, biofeedback was again given for 1 week, but the subject again became highly unstable and biofeedback was permanently stopped. Caution is suggested when dealing with diabetic patients.


Diabetic Patient Health Psychology Muscle Activity Insulin Dosage Regular Insulin 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin N. Seeburg
    • 1
  • Kenneth F. DeBoer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colorado, School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyPalmer College of ChiropracticDavenport

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