Today I finished a series of 12 Biofeedback appointments in an effort to relieve my chronic migraine pain.
I was very skeptical at first, but my migraines were so severe that I told my neurologist I’d try anything. At my first Biofeedback session in November, I learned that even when I thought I was relaxed, I was tensing my shoulders more than 10 times a normal resting level. This surprised me some, but I wasn’t shocked since I’ve gone through several night guards (to protect my teeth from clenching and grinding). I also learned I automatically, unknowingly tensed my shoulder muscles every time I spoke and with each breath inhalation. I had no idea.
How Biofeedback works is sensors are placed on my shoulders at the base of my neck, on a few fingers and around my waist. These sensors recorded my heart and breathing rate/variation, muscle tension, blood pressure, skin temperature and sweating.
In the beginning, I was unable to differentiate between tension and relaxation. With practice, I learned to lower the tension, control my breathing and raise my skin temperature. It wasn’t easy — and I still find it much more difficult to do in my daily life without the visual feedback. But having completed 12 sessions today, I can tell you that Biofeedback has made a difference in reducing the severity and frequency of my chronic migraines. I have learned how to breathe without tensing both my shoulders — this is major for me and I hope that continuing to practice will help alleviate more pain.
Today’s #OneGoodThing was learning a new skill set for relaxation through Biofeedback.
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