Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Biofeedback Treatment
N. Barak, R. Ishai, E. Lev-Ran
Biofeedback Unit, Psychiatric Ward, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer
Irritable bowel syndrome is a group of heterogenic complaints of functional bowel disorder in the absence of organic pathology. The pathophysiology is unclear. In most cases treatment includes symptomatic remedies, antidepressants, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
Biofeedback has recently been introduced as a therapeutic modality. Treatment also includes relaxation techniques and guided imagery, together with computer-assisted monitoring of sympathetic arousal. Biofeedback requires active participation of patients in their healing progress and leads to symptom reduction in 2/3.