In today’s dynamic culture, it is common to experience feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, fear, and pressure. Our clinical staff teaches relaxation techniques for both mental health and physical well-being.
Biofeedback is one of the true fusions between technology and traditional relaxation techniques. Holistic in its approach, our biofeedback program offers insight into the body’s stress response. Utilizing real-time feedback through computerized EMG, we are able to monitor physiological changes (e.g. increased muscle tension) associated with elevated autonomic nervous system arousal. Biofeedback may be implemented for clinical and non-clinical needs.
Goals of Biofeedback
Biofeedback is a treatment technique that allows a person to understand how the body interprets and reacts to stress and pain. Computer displays are used to show moment-by-moment, real-time changes in physiological reactions to stress. These instruments give you feedback about your body just as a scale gives you information about your weight. Biofeedback has been shown to help many conditions including, but not limited to: acute and chronic pain, anxiety-related conditions, headaches, digestive symptom disorders, and high blood pressure.
The techniques utilized in our biofeedback program are designed to help a patient regain control and promote a more relaxed and healthier set of options for dealing with stress, anxiety, and pain. Patients are taught strategies to regulate muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration to produce feelings of relief from stress, anxiety, pain, and other health conditions. In addition to symptom relief, strategies may also target improving symptom tolerance to help patients cope with uncomfortable feelings, sensations, etc. that accompany many chronic physical illnesses.
Biofeedback Clinical Application
- Excessive Stress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Acute & Chronic Pain
- Headaches (migraine, cluster and tension)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- High & Low Blood Pressure
- Digestive System Disorders
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Non-epileptic seizures
- Motor problems via physical therapy
Biofeedback Non-clinical Application
- Sports Performance
- Business Performance
- Music, Dance and Acting
- Fear of Flying
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Academic/ Test Anxiety
- Improving Focus
The positive effects of a strategic, individualized biofeedback program provide our patients the ability to understand their nervous system, learn how to respond, and achieve results.
Additional resources can be found in the Biofeedback-Technology and Treatment article on our blog.