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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Extending the efficacy of a thermal biofeedback treatment package to the management tension headaches in children.
46] The evaluation of a relaxation program in combination with thermal biofeedback revealed significant reduction in vascular headache activity and medication consumption for the two treated groups.
Some of the best studies of migraine treatment and prevention involved electromyography biofeedback and thermal biofeedback with relaxation training, techniques that are not commonly used in primary care.
A similar study by Achterberg and Kenner (1988) compared the effect of relaxation, relaxation and mental imagery, and relaxation, imagery and thermal biofeedback using psychological and physiological indicators of pain and distress.