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How can biofeedback help treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD
Gastroenterology
Biofeedback is a well studied and effective method of improving symptoms in a number of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, migraines, and many other disorders by reinforcing the mind-body connection. It can reduce stress and symptoms of IBS through abdominal breathing techniques, muscular relaxation, guided imagery and cognitive strategies designed to result in a more balanced state.

The biofeedback equipment, sensors that detect heart rate, breathing patterns, body temperature and blood flow, allow for more effective monitoring of the body's responses which ultimately results in a more coherent, smoothly functioning state within the body. Early symptom identification through biofeedback allows people with IBS to intervene before their nervous system has a chance to negatively impact their gastrointestinal function.

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