Have 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 patients 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 that they can learn to control them, relieving stress and improving health. With the “feedback,” individuals will know when their bodies are in the desired state and ultimately learn 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.
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