thermal biofeedback


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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
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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.
Behavioral and physical treatments, including relaxation training, thermal biofeedback combined with relaxation training, EMG biofeedback and CBT, or behavioral therapy combined with preventive drug therapy are treatment options.
"Low-intensity transcranial electro-stimulation improves the efficacy of thermal biofeedback and quieting reflex training in the treatment of classical migraine headache." Am J Electromed, 1989; 6:120-123.