INDIGO Biofeedback

Welcoming a New Generation For a Better Mind, Body & Spirit 
Kelly Bone, CBS, LSHC


Diabetes is characterized by elevated glucose (sugars) in the blood and
resistance of cell membranes to insulin, the hormone that helps metabolize
sugar. It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide have either Type
one or two diabetes.

Type two diabetes is an epidemic that is bulging along with rates of obesity
in many cultures. 80% of people diagnosed with diabetes die of stroke or
heart disease. In fact, in Canada, where over 9 million people have diabetes,
over 41,500 people die of related complications annually. The symptoms
include: a metallic taste in mouth, fatigue, dizziness, mood swings,
slow to heal, compromised immune function, inability to focus or concentrate
due to glucose fluctuations and more.

Type One tends to be looked upon primarily as a genetic predisposition
(the pancreas not producing enough insulin); while hypothesis of causation
in type Two tends to point toward lifestyle choices such as diet, alcohol and
sugar intake, exercise and weight management, whereby the pancreas is
either overburdened or not able to produce enough/ or quality insulin. Both
types can have serious overall health complications such as: nerve
damage (neuropathy), cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness,
periodontal diseases, poor circulation and wound healing which can
frequently lead to amputation.

Standard treatment consists of anti-hyperglycemic medications, synthetic
insulin, diet and exercise. Patients must take an active role in daily management;
typically one must measure blood glucose several times per day
and take oral medicine, perhaps along with insulin shots at mealtimes, as
well as exercise, closely monitor diet, and adjust calories depending on
activity level. While patients may have more control over type two diabetes
than many other health epidemic issues, it requires full compliance with
the treatment program to be successful.

Stress and cortisol play enormous roles in how the pancreas is able to
manage glucose and how insulin is received in the body. Endocrinologists
are now surmising that increases in stress and the resulting cortisol levels
and inflammation are predictors of obesity and type two diabetes. Excessive
or prolonged stress, and heightened inflammatory markers also negatively
impact both insulin resistance and neuropathy. Biofeedback can
help! Studies on those with noninsulin-dependent diabetes showed comprehensive
intervention, including education and biofeedback, were associated
with significant decreases in average blood glucose and HbA1C (Cox,
Grower-Dowling, McGinnis, McGrady, 2005).

One study with McGinnis et al showed “Several explanations can be
suggested to account for the results of biofeedback on blood glucose
levels. Forehead muscle tension feedback (surface electromyography)
helped patients to reduce facial tension and relax skeletal muscles, while
increased finger temperature was an indicator of general relaxation”. In
this study both depression and anxiety scores decreased, which may
suggest a psychological mechanism for blood glucose reduction. Patients
also reported improved sleep duration and quality with the use of biofeedback
and relaxation therapy at bedtime. (McGrady, 2002)

Louise Hay states that the pancreas is an organ associated with joy, this
study may suggest that those with suppressed joy, and those who suffer
from depression/ anxiety may be more prone to diabetes, and its devastations.
(You Can Heal Your Life, 1984)

Poor circulation is one of the greatest risk factors for people living with
diabetes. This can impact healing overall. Biofeedback has been scientifically
shown to increase peripheral blood flow, as shown in one randomized
controlled study of 32 patients with chronic non-healing ulcers. After
biofeedback therapy, the experimental group improved healing to foot
ulcers in; 87.5% of ulcers, in contrast to 43.8% in the control group (Rice,
Kalker, Schindler)

Biofeedback has long been known as an exceptionally effective intervention
for neurological disorders. The neuropathy that accompanies diabetes
is no exception. INDIGO biofeedback offers an excellent means of retraining
nerval response and re-educating nerves back to a healthier, more
interactive state.

Because the nervous system is electrically based, biofeedback therapy
becomes almost homeopathic. According to the manufacturer, the INDIGO uses mild, subtle, electrical currents to stimulate nerval response, this can have an enhancing effect on
the overall function of neurological system and on client’s circulatory system- two crucial health factors in fighting diabetes.

The manufacturer also stat the INDIGO also has the unique ability to uncover how various
specific emotions and stress reactions may be interfering with the utilization
or process of insulin; thus educating clients as to essential lifestyle
changes which can have a huge impact on type two diabetes. While at the
same time, generating retraining and re-education protocols to gently shift
these reactions and restore healthier homeostasis.