Can Neurofeedback Fight Muscle Tension?
Low-level muscle tension on a chronic basis is a problem faced by millions. Named dysponesis, this form of covert muscle tension over time can contribute to chronic pain, headaches, exhaustion and difficulty relaxing. This problem is especially prevalent among those who use computers for long periods of time, who may become so absorbed in their task that they are unaware of poor posture or tension affecting their neck, back and shoulders, or may simply be unaware of the tension due to a lack of physical awareness. In this study, researchers used neurofeedback to help participants identify feelings of tension and their causes. By becoming aware of the problem, participants were better able to adapt their environment in order to prevent tension in the first place.
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