Blindness, Diabetes, and Amputation: Alleviation of Depression and Pain Through Thermal Biofeedback Therapy
Needham W E~~Eldridge L S~~et al
This article describes a 39 year-old man suffering from diabetes who had become blind & a double amputee as a result of its complications. The patient was depressed & expressed suicidal ideation. The patient was treated through thermal biofeedback, which teaches patients how to increase their blood flow through machinery & imagery. The patient was able to increase blood flow to his pregangrenous hand. These sessions improved his morale & depression, and he no longer indicated suicidal ideation.