What We Do
If you have ever taken your temperature or stepped on a scale to check your weight, you have done biofeedback. The results you get from these devices gives you feedback about your body. This information helps you make decisions about what to do next.
In a similar way, biofeedback therapists use specialized equipment to train clients how to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment. The trained biofeedback therapist attaches sensors or electrodes to the body and these sensors provide a variety of readings— or feedback—which is displayed on the equipment for the client to see. Signals typically measure skin temperature, heart rate, respirations, skin conductance and muscle tension.
With this information and the help of the therapist, clients can learn how to make changes so subtle that at first they cannot be consciously perceived. With practice the new responses and behaviors can help to bring about relief and improvement to a variety of disorders.
How Does It Work?
Biofeedback is a series of training exercises using sophisticated computer graphics and sound to teach you how to control your own body. Initially an assessment is completed to determine which method will be most effective for you.
After the initial assessment, follow-up sessions will help you learn to consciously alter one or more of the following:
- External body skin temperature
- Muscle activity
- Sweat Gland activity
- Heart Rate
The goal of Biofeedback is to train you to be in control. Biofeedback:
- Compliments traditional medicine.
- Treats the whole person.
- Enhances by helping you work on decreasing your stress responses.
What Conditions can be Helped by Biofeedback?
- Anxiety disorders
- Stress related disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Headaches (Migraine, Mixed, and Tension)
- Chronic Pain