What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a safe, non-invasive therapeutic technique which uses specialized computer equipment
to train individuals how to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies.
With practice, individuals learn how to regulate responses of the autonomic nervous system — such as heart rate, muscle tension, sweat gland activity,
and skin temperature — to improve symptoms and feel better.
How does biofeedback work?
Using specialized computer software, biofeedback serves as a tool used to assess and monitor physiological processes as they occur within the body in real time. The feedback is generated from electronic sensors the therapist applies to areas of the body that are correlated with the stress response (e.g. muscle tension; skin temperature; heart rate); the physiological information is then fed back via auditory and visual cues which are displayed on a computer screen.
The sensors are completely safe and noninvasive, and only detect physiological activity coming from the body. Biofeedback sensors work similar to how a heart monitor works on an exercise machine.
Ultimately, with the help of the therapist and regular practice, an individual can learn how to train the mind and body to work together to create optimal health and healing.
Biofeedback modalities offered:
- Heart rate variability (HRV)
- Electromyogram (EMG) - muscle tension (shoulders, jaw, forehead)
- Thermal biofeedback (peripheral skin temperature)
- Galvinic skin response (GSR) - (sweat gland activity)
- Neurofeedback - brain wave activity
To learn more about biofeedback and neurofeedback:
- Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (www.aapb.org)
- Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (www.bcia.org)
- International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (www.isnr.org)