So just what is biofeedback exactly? Well, to put it simply, you most likely have done some form of biofeedback in your lifetime without even realizing that you were doing it. Have you ever taken your temperature when you had the flu and suspected you had a fever? Have you ever had your blood pressure taken or had an EKG while visiting your doctor? Have you ever put the palm of your hand on a flat surface when you were feeling stressed or anxious before giving a speech to an audience and pulled your hand away to see a sweat imprint indicating that your body was responding to the mental and emotional stress you were feeling? Well, although you didn't have a label for it or your doctor didn't call the medical diagnostic he or she performed "biofeedback," you essentially were doing some form of it.
Through biofeedback as a treatment modality, clients can improve their ability to manage stress, health, and well-being signals (or cues) from their own bodies. Combined with supportive counseling, biofeedback can help the individual alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, regulate breathing, improve focus and concentration, distract away from pain / discomfort, and learn new ways to cope with stressful situations and / or their medical condition.
Treatment Areas for Biofeedback:
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Migraine and tension headaches
- TMJ / chronic facial pain
- Chronic muscle tension / musculoskeletal pain and injury
- Fibromyalgia / myofascial pain
- Regional sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) / complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Parkinson’s related tremors
- Anxiety / panic attacks / phobias
- Sleep disturbance
- Other stress-related conditions