Biofeedback is a mind-body tool that tries to teach you to self-regulate automatic body functions such as heart rate, muscle tension, breathing, perspiration, skin temperature, blood pressure and even brain waves. By learning to improve self-regulation, you may be able to improve your medical condition, relieve chronic pain, reduce stress, or improve your physical or mental performance (sometimes called peak performance training) and overall health.
During biofeedback training, sensors attached to your body detect changes in your pulse, skin temperature, muscle tone, brain-wave pattern or some other physiological function. These changes trigger a signal a sound, a flashing light, and a change in pattern on a video screen that tells you that the physiological change has occurred. Gradually, with the help of your biofeedback therapist, you can learn to alter the signal by taking conscious control of your body's automatic body functions and improving self regulation.
Self-regulation is an important tool to have so that the body and mind can return to homeostasis after physiological activation. Through the measures obtained by Biofeedback instruments, which measure your heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, muscle tension, finger temperature, and skin conductance you can learn to self-regulate in achieve optimal state for you. These measurements are done from the surface of your skin and are not invasive or painful. Biofeedback serves as a guide for your training, it does not do anything to you.
Biofeedback is particularly useful for managing stress as well as symptoms of conditions that may be exacerbated by stress. For example, therapists might use biofeedback to help patients control their response to stress. Chronic stress can have a wide range of negative health effects including decreased immunity, heart disease, depression, digestive problems, and sleep disorders. By learning how to manage the stress response using biofeedback, patients are able to decrease the harmful physical and psychological effects of stress.
Biofeedback can help treat:
Chronic Pain due to Fibromyalgia, Headache, Jaw, Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain, Repetitive Strain Injury, Pelvic Floor Pain.
Brain Dysfunction: ADHD, Autism, Epilepsy, Learning Disabilities, Post-Concussion Syndrome
Psychological Disorders: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Stress. Medical Issues: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Incontinence and Elimination Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Raynaud’s Disease