Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “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.
biofeedback and has been shown to be an effective treatment for migraine and tension type headache, urinary incontinence, high blood pressure, anxiety, and a number of other conditions.
Briefly, it’s very safe and easy, there is no invasive procedures or wear special clothes. Just External sensors will be attached to fingers, forehead, scalp or other muscle areas to measure your vital signs as temperature, heart rate, EEG….etc. Then ask you to relax during the evaluation. You will receive feedback to some aspect of your physiology both visually and an auditory tone even during your first evaluation session. This feedback accurately reflects in REAL TIME what is happening in your system at the end of the session the result can be printed.
Uses and efficacy
A number of biofeedback-based interventions have been well validated while others are at various stages of research. Many biofeedback-based interventions are accepted by medical societies such as the American Colleges of Pediatrics and Neurology as well as by the FDA as being safe and effective for particular conditions. Examples of validated interventions include treatment of migraine and tension headaches and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Psychophysiology and biofeedback are used for many purposes in a variety of settings by many different types of professional in many settings including:
- Assessment and treatment of clinical problems such as headache, ADHD, urinary incontinence, stress / anxiety, respiratory problems, sleep problems, drug addiction, pain, and many others.
- Education for decreasing test anxiety, increasing focus for learning, and assessing learning processes.
- Performance enhancement and optimal functioning for sports, business, and military activities.
- Self-exploration including impact of life events on physiology, stretching the imagination, etc.
Professions incorporating psychophysiology and biofeedback into their work include teachers, physicians, nurses, dentists, physician’s assistants, psychologists, therapists, counselors, physical and occupational therapists / physiotherapists, coaches, corporate trainers, and researchers.
Biofeedback is performed in such places as schools, offices, homes, clinics, hospitals, and sports environments.