The researchers found, after treatment for one to four years, patients with chest pain showed significant improvements in symptoms compared with those who were not treated.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 26, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study that shows the role of biofeedback in the treatment of patients with esophageal disorders.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/health-articles/one-weird-way-to-relieve-heartburn), recently, a team of scientists at the Institute for Integrated Medicine, Tel Aviv University, commented that patients with esophageal disorders represent a challenging treatment group. Although there are a number of standard medical approaches to esophageal disorders, many of these treatments cause side effects and/or are not tolerated well by patients. Long-term use of antacids or over-the-counter digestion aids can cause yet more unwanted symptoms to crop up. The scientists decided to conduct a study to evaluate the role of biofeedback in the treatment of patients with esophageal disorders.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that patients with acid reflux disease filled out various forms detailing their symptoms, level of anxiety and depression, and other stress symptoms. Patients with heartburn and those with symptoms of sharp pain in the chest were offered biofeedback treatment. An assessment questionnaire was filled out at the end of treatment and then three years later.
The researchers found, after treatment for one to four years, patients with chest pain showed significant improvements in symptoms compared with those who were not treated. Interestingly, although the patients with chest pain had a longer time of esophageal acid exposure than those with heartburn, heartburn patients showed no improvement.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the researchers concluded that patients with chest pain have different factors associated with symptom generation in comparison with patients with heartburn. Biofeedback is a useful tool in the treatment of patients with chest pain, but does not seem to relieve symptoms in those with heartburn.
(SOURCE: Shapiro, M., et al., "Functional chest pain responds to biofeedback treatment but functional heartburn does not: what is the difference?" Eur. J. Gastroenterol. Hepatol., June 2012; 24(6): 708-14.)
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