Biofeedback refers to the use of electronic monitoring of a normally automatic (involuntary or unconscious) bodily function in order to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function. In Biofeedback training, you’re hooked up to sensors that give you information (feedback) about what you’re body is doing (bio).

The feedback aids you in making focused changes in your body, such as taking deep focused breaths, to achieve the feeling you want, like becoming poised before problem solving with a loved one you were previously angry at. Boiling it down, Biofeedback allows you the opportunity to change your feelings, thoughts, and physical responses. These benefits extend but are not limited to physical wellness, emotional regulation, stress management, peak physical performance training, test preparation, and  relationship health.

What can Biofeedback measure?

Bio FeedbackBiofeedback typically measures one or a combination of the following variables depending on what type of biofeedback training you are getting.

  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Heart Beats per minute
  • Heart rate variability
  • Skin temperature
  • Muscle tension
  • Perspiration
  • Brainwaves
  • Types of breaths

Is Biofeedback right for me?

Do you have difficulties controlling your anger?

Do you have strong emotions that seem to change rapidly and without warning?

Do you suffer from negative thoughts?

Are you chronically stressed?

Does worry effect your ability to make good choices?

Do you have trouble making the choices you want to in mentally/emotionally demanding situations?

Does conflict make your heart race and prevent you from operating well in relationships?

Do you have muscle tension?

Do you find yourself taking short breaths regularly?

Does your body have larger responses to emotional stimuli than other people you know?

Do you want the mental/emotional edge over people you’re competing against?

Do you want to maximize your physical training?

What Types of biofeedback are available?

  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV)-
  • Neurofeedback or electroencephalography (EEG)- This measures brain waves
  • Thermal Biofeedback- This measures skin temperature
  • Electromyography (EMG)- This measure muscle tension
  • Electrodemal activity (EDA)- This measures sweating
  • Pulse oximeter- this measures Heart beats per minute and blood oxygen levels
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Respiration monitor

Other issues Biofeedback is helpful in treating:

Your goals will help you select the type of Biofeedback right for you

  • ADHD
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Back pain
  • Bed wetting
  • Chronic pain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and overeating
  • Epilepsy and related seizure disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Head injuries
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Motion sickness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sexual disorders, including pain with intercourse
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Muscle pain and immobility