Biofeedback Treatment in Psychosomatic Illness
In spite of the fact that the field of biofeedback is now well into its second decade, few studies have documented the long-term effectiveness for reducing clinical symptomatology in psychosomatic illness. Integration of those that have been conducted is complicated by the varying treatment modalities, lengths of training, and lengths of follow-up periods employed by the investigators. Moreover, the definition of “success” is necessarily an arbitrary and subjective one, susceptible to the influence of both the patient’s and the evaluator’s expectations. Recognizing these potential sources of error exist, one can nevertheless make some statements regarding long-term effectiveness.
KeywordsIrritable Bowel Syndrome Relaxation Training Home Practice Biofeedback Training Headache Activity
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