Biofeedback – Use Your Mind to Improve Your Health

August 24, 2017

what is biofeedback therapyHave you ever wished you could simply will your symptoms to disappear? With biofeedback you may be able to do just that by using the power of your mind to reduce stress and help improve your health.

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a type of mind-body therapy that enables you — in a mind-over-matter approach — to use your thoughts and mind to control and influence your body. Biofeedback is based on the scientifically confirmed idea that individuals have the ability to regulate several body processes that were previously thought to be purely automatic in the body.

How Does Biofeedback Work?

During a session, a biofeedback therapist uses instruments to record, measure, and display a patient’s physiological information.  This data may include heart rate, muscle tension, blood pressure, blood flow, finger temperature, respiration rate, sweat gland activity and other critical body functions.  The “feeding back” of this real-time information gives the patient body awareness, enabling them to gain conscious control over their physiology by implementing skills acquired in training.

Biofeedback makes individuals aware of their various body systems so they can learn to control them, relieving stress and improving health.  With the “feedback”, an individual knows when their body is in the desired state and ultimately learns to obtain this state on their own – with no feedback. 

In addition to the biofeedback, patients learn self-regulation and relaxation skills like body scanning, progressive relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, autogenic training, and visualization.  These techniques are critical in learning to control one’s body and as with any new skill, require practice. 

What Conditions Can Biofeedback Help?

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Pain
  • TMJ/Jaw Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • IBS
  • General Stress and Other Stress Related Conditions

Individuals who experience any of the above conditions and are motivated to gain more control of their body’s response to stress – instead of having it control them – would be great candidates for biofeedback.  In addition, biofeedback works well in synergy with other forms of therapy and can be a great addition to an individual’s treatment plan.   

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, contact us at the Wholeness Center.

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