Condition: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Other Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Assessment How does Advanced Biofeedback Center identify Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
- Behavioral Intervention How are Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients trained with biofeedback?
- Change in Behavior What are the goals of biofeedback training for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
How is Irritable Bowel Syndrome trained with biofeedback?
Biofeedback may help patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome manage their symptoms on two levels. First, biofeedback can help reduce the stress that having the condition causes. Secondly, the body's response to the stress may be altered as a result of stress reduction.
The biofeedback approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome makes the assumption that your gastrointestinal problems may be influenced by certain stressors.
Whether obvious or unconscious, these psychological issues can affect you physically. If you happen to be one of those people who typically think, "I'm so upset that it feels like my stomach is tied up in knots," your GI problems may have a psychological or behavioral component.
To educate you about the interaction of your thoughts, behaviors, and physical changes, a multimodal biofeedback approach would be used:
- Heart rate variability training and diaphragmatic breathing would be taught to coordinate the activity of your heart and lungs.
- EMG sensors would access your muscle tension.
- Skin surface temperature (thermal) biofeedback would be taught so that you would learn to increase circulation in your fingertips and toes.
- SCL (skin conductance level or sweat gland activity) sensors would be used to demonstrate how your thoughts can either lower or raise your panic and anxiety.
- EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) may be used to demonstrate how intrusive thoughts and worry are reflected in brain wave activity.
- Alpha-Theta neurofeedback training may be used to train you into deep relaxation states.
Number of biofeedback sessions
The number of sessions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is dependent upon your particular issues and the severity and duration of you gastrointestinal problems.