What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological intervention for psychological and medical disorders. This training teaches patients to better control involuntary functions such as breathing, heart rate, heart rate variability, and muscle tension. Learning to control these functions significantly reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety training your mind, body, and emotions to work in harmony with one another.
What should I expect during a session?
At the beginning of every session, the patient is seated in front of a computer monitor. Three finger sensors are placed on one hand and are used to monitor different bodily functions. The patient is taken through a training module with the therapist where they learn different techniques to control involuntary functions like breathing and heart rate variability.
After the initial training session, the different techniques learned are put to use to strengthen their effectiveness. The patient then listens to music or plays games. As they relax and begin practicing the different techniques, they will begin to hear the music or be able to play the game for instantaneous feedback on bodily functioning. Being able to control one’s involuntary functions in the clinic will generalize to a reduction of unfavorable feelings and emotions in everyday life.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are generally 45 minutes scheduled with a therapist or technician. Five sessions are generally recommended to gain a basic understanding and utilization of techniques. However, more sessions may be necessary to achieve the best results. Practicing these strategies at home and being open about the effectiveness with your therapist or technician is imperative to get the best results.
What does biofeedback treat?
Research suggests a reduction in symptoms in the following disorders after Biofeedback treatment:
- Anxiety and stress
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain and muscle tension
If you’re interested in biofeedback, feel free to reach out via email or phone to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.