No one really wants to have a discussion about gastric distress, but it is also a known fact that we all have experienced digestive problems. In this situation, biofeedback becomes an effective technique that greatly helps patients suffering from diarrhea, constipation, reflux, and other uncommon intestinal problems which may require Biofeedback and Bioresonance therapy for digestive problems.
Some of the Most Common Digestive Problems
Diarrhea is something that no one likes to experience or even talk about. In first-world countries, diarrhea is considered as a minor nuisance or simply a sign that one is sick. True enough, it can really be a sign of some underlying diseases and health problems. On the other hand, constipation and reflux can trigger complications that can be fatal.
Diarrhea is a kind of gastrointestinal disease. In developing countries, it is the second most common cause of death to young children. In the US alone, it killed an average of 372 young children yearly and causes about 200,000 a year to be hospitalized.
This is among the most common digestive problems. Surprisingly, it is sometimes difficult to treat. Constipation affects about 42 million people in the US (often has a clearly defined cause). For pregnant women, those in the postpartum phase, older adults, and those who are on medication for depression or pain are more likely to suffer constipation.
At some point, constipation, constipation can be a symptom of a bigger problem. Sometimes, other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hypothyroidism, intestinal obstruction, nerve damage, Parkinson disease, or cancer can result in constipation. This is why it is of great importance to see a doctor when suffering from severe constipation that does not respond to at-home treatments. When suffering from constipations that come with swollen abdomen, bloody stool, vomiting, or weight loss, visit a doctor.
Reflux that comes with related complaints such as GERD and heartburn can be a major problem. In a Swedish study, 6% of people have been reported experiencing acid reflux on a daily basis and 14% at least once a week.
On the other hand, heartburn may seem like a minor concern, but aside from the discomfort that comes with it, it can also cause some serious complications. Problems with the esophagus (esophagitis, narrowing of the esophagus, and increased risk of esophageal cancer) can result from uncontrolled reflux, as well as dental problems, vocal problems, and respiratory conditions. For this reason, it’s important to treat reflux seriously.
The Role of Biofeedback
Biofeedback has been used on pediatric and adult reflux conditions, often with surprising results. There have been case studies showing the biofeedback resulted in a notable improvement in gastroesophageal reflux and biofeedback has been used for esophageal motility disorders since the 1970’s. But, reflux is often a symptom of a greater problem, so isolating the precise mechanism of reflux can be problematic in attributing improvement to biofeedback alone.
Many studies have been done on the use of biofeedback for constipation, especially when that constipation results from pelvic floor dyssynergia. These studies do demonstrate positive outcomes, although there is a need for larger and more closely controlled studies to understand the exact principles behind the results.
Biofeedback has proven useful in the treatment of fecal incontinence (which often manifests as a side effect of chronic diarrhea) and it shows some promise in the treatment of diarrhea that has no visible cause. Of course, the goal with diarrhea is generally to treat the underlying cause of the diarrhea (often a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection), so chronic diarrhea without an underlying cause is rare and difficult to study with an adequate sample size.