Has anyone here tried biofeedback for IBS, anxiety, stress, or anything else?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I'm considering trying it, wondering what other peoples' experiences have been.



on June 10, 2013
at 01:17 PM

No, but I hear it can be helpful. have you looked into EFT (tapping)?

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Do it if you have the opportunity. It is an excellent tool to manage stress, and you should be able to tell right away if it is worth your time. You typically are given very visual representation of visceral reactions you're not even conscious of, usually by graphing skin resistance to electrical current. This helps you recognize and respect triggers for certain bodily states and offers the potential to control whether your body will begin to respond.



on September 05, 2013
at 10:07 PM

I don't know how it woudl help with IBS, but I also know next to nothing about IBS, so I will leave that issue alone.

As far as stress, that is something I can comment on. I recently bought an Emwave2 and I think it has definitely been helping with stress. It is based on heart rate variability, with a higher variability (coherence) being better. It is a small device with lights and sounds that show you what level of coherence you are at and your job is to increase it. It has several difficulty levels for when it gets too easy. As I understand it, the idea is to teach your mind how to control the fight or flight response linked to stress and move back into a more coherent state. Once you learn how to do this and what it feels like in your body, you can do it in times of stress without the device, though the device is still good to re-calibrate.

I am not an expert on it at all as I haven't had it that long, but so far I seem to be seeing results.


on June 10, 2013
at 10:03 PM

Depending on which problem you are working on it will be easier/more difficult to get treatment results. biofeedback is best used a an adjunct to other therapies as it's my understanding. Otherwise even implementation may not be properly conducted.

To specifically answer your question, I believe biofeedback is most effective with anxiety.

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