Biofeedback is about getting in touch with your body, receiving feedback, and making adjustments to lessen stress and pain. Biofeedback is often aimed at changing habitual reactions to stress that can cause pain (emotional or physical) or disease.
Biofeedback is also helpful for those that that tried meditation but “can’t meditate”. It is an easier way to connect with your body than letting your mind wander as it provides focus and direction to your thoughts. This focus elicits stress reduction responses, like meditation, but is easier for those that need a focus.
About Biofeedback Training:
There are many types of biofeedback that you are already familiar with. Taking your temperature, for instance, or standing on a scale are typical uses of biofeedback you likely use today. They provide you with feedback how your body is doing and you feel and allow you to make choices to improve your condition. The same is with biofeedback that targets stress responses.
Clinicians rely on the equipment to indicate areas to focus on. Patients can hear and see what is occurring in their own bodies. Like a pitcher learning to throw a ball, the biofeedback patient, in an attempt to improve skill, monitors performance. When a ball misses the mark, the pitcher adjusts the delivery. The biofeedback clinician acts as the coach, standing at the sidelines, setting goals and limits on what to expect and giving suggestions on how to improve performance.
What Biofeedback Can Help With:
Performance Issues (Performance Anxiety)
Connecting to Emotions
Recognizing Emotional Symptoms in Your Body
Types of Biofeedback Offered:
Peripheral Blood Flow:
When the body is stressed blood flow is constricted to extremities. Using tools to check the temperature of your fingers (like stress squares or stress thermometers) and exercises to cultivate positive emotions you can train your body to relax and allow your blood flow to increase. This is also a helpful tool for migraine sufferers to regulate blood flow naturally.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV):
There are different measures to heart rate, one is heart beats per minute (BPM) and another is to measure the time between beats (HRV). The less time between beats the more likely to have stress and painful responses. Using a small sensor on your earlobe and targeted exercises that foster coherence you can change your HRV and decrease stress responses.