Biofeedback is like having a physiological mirror. It is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity to reduce stress and improve health and performance.
This is accomplished by using precise instruments to measure physiological activity such as:
- Brain waves
- Respiration patterns
- Muscle activity
- Heart rate
- Skin temperature
- Electrodermal activity
These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the patient on a video screen. By seeing this information displayed, a patient can learn to make subtle changes that initially may not be consciously perceived. The patient learns how our thoughts, emotions, and behavior are interrelated and how making changes in these supports the desired physiological changes.
Over time and with practice these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. This happens because the patient learns how to achieve the desired state of relaxation by learning how to be more in tune with themselves and know what a relaxed state feels like.
Biofeedback is non-invasive which means that different body activity is measured by sensors being placed on the outside surface of the skin. The goal of biofeedback is self awareness and through practice, self regulation. Some common applications of self regulation include treatment of:
- Stress related disorders
- Attention deficit disorders
- Chronic pain
- And more
For more information on biofeedback, see your primary care provider or call (608) 775-7991.