thermal biofeedback


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thermal biofeedback

the monitoring of skin temperature as an index of blood flow changes because of the dilation and constriction of blood vessels, the feedback being displayed to the patient on a video monitor, accompanied by an audible signal. It is used for stress management and in the treatment of Raynaud disease, hypertension, and migraine.

thermal biofeedback

A form of biofeedback in which a person applies a temperature sensor to his skin (usually on a peripheral body part) and then tries to improve blood flow to that part, thereby raising the temperature detected. It is used to treat psychological stress, headaches, and other somatic symptoms exacerbated by anxiety.
See also: biofeedback

thermal biofeedback,

n method that teaches participants to increase or decrease temperature of their hands by feedback of signals indicating hand temperature. Has been used primarily in the treatment of headaches.
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The success of thermal biofeedback may lie, in part, in the immediacy of the feedback, a feature known to be important when learning new behaviors.
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A vascular model suggested that the efficacy of thermal biofeedback is attributed to direct changes in the reactivity of the vascular system.