Re: first biofeedback
I had a couple of these sessions when I was at the Cleveland Clinic. They put these pads on your head, chest, and wrist I think. They measure your pulse and breathing and muscle tension on your face (I think). It's been awhile since I had it done. It does not hurt at all. They get you to focus on your breathing and controlling it through relaxation techniques. When your pain goes up, the body automatically tenses up muscles, heart rate goes up, breathing goes up, and head muscles tense up. The biofeedback tries to get you to counteract this automatic reaction. If you are able to do this then the perception of the pain goes down. This is the idea behind it. I guess after you are able to do it successfully for awhile with the machine then you should be able to do it anywhere but you MUST do it every day and then it becomes natural and alternative way to manage pain. I didn't keep it up and therefore it didn't become a habit for me.