Biofeedback is a non-invasive treatment method that helps the client visualize bodily functions that would otherwise be unconscious. This allows the patient to train physiological activity resulting from the mind-body interface. The program displays signals and data as real-time feedback and patients can learn to be mindful and self-regulate physiological processes in order to improve their health.
Biofeedback focuses on the root of physiological processes which can impact the actual cause of health problems, not just the symptoms.
Biofeedback also gives a sense of control to clients, in situations that otherwise could seem as if they have no impact. The mindfulness that biofeedback integrates and utilizes aids the client in being more aware and responsive to both bodily functions and stressful stimuli.
Each Biofeedback session is saved and tracked so that the therapist can monitor the client's progression throughout training. After approximately 10 sessions, or noticeable improvements, training protocol can be adjusted to optimize results.
The therapist will also do a verbal check in each session to determine how well the client is managing their physiological symptoms outside of the office as well.
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has published efficacy ratings for the effectiveness of Biofeedback treatment. This looks at how well in office results translate to out of office benefits. You can read more detail and see the full rankings, along with other research involving Biofeedback here.
HOW DOES IT
Here at Focal Points Therapy we use the Biotrace Nexus10 system from Mind Media. This system is able to measure and collect data and present it in real time to the client. There are multiple types of signals recorded by the Nexus10 including
Muscle Tension (EMG)
Brain Activity (EEG)
Heart Rate (ECG)
Skin Conductance (SC, GSR, EDA)
Measure -> awareness -> optimize -> monitor, the main steps in successfully using Biofeedback as a tool to overcome many physiological battles.
Give us a call at (240) 328-9002 to find out more information.