What is it?
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to alter physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure bodily activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately give “feedback” information to the user. The presentation of this information, often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior, supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. (AAPB 2/18/2008)
What Conditions Does Biofeedback Treat?
Biofeedback has been successfully used to treat ADHD, addictions, Autism, breath retraining, chronic and acute anxiety, chronic pain, depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, learning disorders, mild brain injury, muscle pain/tension, peak performance training, panic disorder, PTSD, stress management, and TMJ disorders (jaw clenching) to name a few. Our Biofeedback specialist also has experience integrating biofeedback into treating couples.
How is this service accessed?
Clients typically request biofeedback or neurofeedback when they call for services. Biofeedback is also sometimes included as part of “talk therapy” if we think it may help and if the client agrees.
In complicated cases we may do an assessment or additionally send the client out to another office for an assessment (for example, a QEEG Brain Map). The therapy (neurotherapy) or training that is performed is then based on the assessment.