Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5:30 PM Provider Networking & 6:00 – 7:30 PM Provider Presentation
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, PA * 179 Lisbon St, Centerville Plaza * Lewiston, ME
Have you ever wondered about biofeedback and how it is being used in the clinical setting to successfully treat chronic pain and many other diagnoses including anxiety and high blood pressure? Our discussion will explore the use of Surface Electromyography (a form of Biofeedback), to assist in the effective treatment of myofascial pain and cumulative trauma injuries, as well as multiple orthopedic injuries exacerbated by movement pattern dysfunction.
We will also explore the benefits of autonomic nervous system monitoring (heart rate, respiratory rate, hand temperature, galvanic skin response, capillary blood flow, heart and respiratory rate coherence) to aide in guiding the patient to greater self awareness and more effective individualized treatment programs for anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic pain and multiple other diagnoses.
Biofeedback, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, can provide invaluable tools to assist in guiding patients towards better health through greater self awareness of their bodies and help these patients realize the power they hold within themselves to heal. Every minute change in our body chemistry stimulated by our brains has an immediate and great impact on our autonomic nervous system functions. Being able to see these minute changes in real time allows us a clear window to look upon as we teach our clients self care skills with real time feedback as to the effectiveness of our interventions. Having this abundance of critical data also allows us to instill confidence in our patients that indeed are making real changes in their bodily functions with the techniques they are learning. Whether we are teaching postural awareness, breathing or meditation, the biofeedback allows the client to become an active participant in truly engaging in their rehabilitative process. This can be especially helpful in the treatment of chronic pain clients who may feel that there is no hope for them other than medication.
Patients with acute or chronic myofascial pain many times present combinations of muscle hyper and hypo activity which affect how we move and complete daily functions of life. These abnormal movement patterns or elevated resting levels of muscle activity, greatly impact how someone will respond to activity, exercise or even sedentary positions such as driving or computer use. People who have previously “failed” physical therapy attempts because they could not tolerate the rehab exercises are usually quite happy to see that with biofeedback assistance in exercise prescription, they are easily able to tolerate programs is proper movement patterns are demonstrated for appropriate exercises.
We will explore case studies in the use of biofeedback for chronic myofascial pain and patients suffering anxiety attacks.
Renee St. Jean, PT, DPT, CEAS