Understanding Biofeedback

You may not be as familiar with it as you may be with psychotherapy, but biofeedback is intervention used to treat a wide range of physical and psychological disorders. In this evidence-based practice, patients learn ways in which they can adjust their thinking patterns and relax their bodies. Computer technology is used to provide real-time feedback on how their bodies are responding to what the patients are doing in session. Biofeedback data such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and galvanic skin response are displayed to patients so that they can work on consciously controlling these functions. This process also makes the patient more aware of the link between mind and body, promoting a new understanding of how we can promote and regulate our health.

The Applications of Biofeedback

Sometimes, biofeedback is used to address physical issues, including problems as diverse as incontinence and physical rehabilitation after injury. In therapeutic terms, it is often used to teach stress management and relaxation.These techniques along with neurofeedback, which involves changing brainwave patterns can help address the symptoms of:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches in children and adults
  • Chronic Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Incontinence
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorder