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Biofeedback

What is Biofeedback?
According to the AAPB, biofeedback is a process enabling individuals to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance.

Precise instruments are used to measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately ‘feedback’ information to the user.

The presentation of this information – often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior – supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.

What are the Benefits?
Biofeedback has been shown to be an effective treatment for:
  • Migraine and tension type headache
  • Urinary incontinence
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • … and a number of other conditions

A growing body of research indicates that neurofeedback, (also known as EEG biofeedback) is an effective treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and can help manage the symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders, brain injury, posttraumatic stress, seizures, and depression.

Who uses Biofeedback?
As well as being used to provide health benefits, biofeedback is also used by many people to increase performance. Corporate executives, musicians, artists and athletes (including several medal winners in the Beijing Olympics) have benefited from biofeedback in this way.

What is a Biofeedback session like?
Typically, the client settles into a comfortable chair and is hooked up to the biofeedback instrument, with sensors attached to the skin at various locations on the body (usually the shoulders, fingers, back, and head). Electrical impulses from these locations are recorded and reflected visually on a computer monitor. Additionally, the client may receive auditory feedback (reflecting increases and decreases in body system activity) in the form of higher and lower musical tones.