About Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
The term, “biofeedback” simply means “feeding back” activity in the body, such as muscle activity, heart rate, blood flow, and more. “Neurofeedback” is a specific type of biofeedback that only measures brain activity. Through visual and auditory feedback, usually in the form of fun games, a person can learn to regulate and reduce their physical responses, positively impacting symptoms or performance goals. This form of treatment is non-invasive, painless, and safe.
As an example, a person suffering from tension headaches resulting from excessive muscular tension can be taught to be more aware of the tense muscles in their head, neck, and upper back regions. They are then trained to reduce the muscular tension, thereby eliminating headaches. Through biofeedback training, along with other approaches, a person can learn skills that can be transferred into real life settings, including reducing stress in settings that might trigger headaches.
Whether its athletics, high job demands or working in leadership, these tasks require us to control the mind and our emotions, as well as regulate the body. Tension and stress reduce mental sharpness and can prevent us from functioning at our optimal level.
Effects of Biofeedback
Like most interventions, outcomes are improved by appropriate participant selection, appropriate assessments and evaluations, compliance and cooperation, and as part of an overall multimodal approach. Biofeedback/neurofeedback has been researched and studied for more than 40 years, with findings of effectiveness for an array of disorders, symptoms, and performance goals. It is widely used in hospitals, clinics, medical and psychiatric practices, schools, universities, military, and NASA. The Academy of Pediatrics has stated their support of this treatment for children. Biofeedback/neurofeedback has been shown to be effective for both children and adults.
Working with biofeedback, you learn to regulate your mental and physical state at will to allow you to improve symptoms, as well as meet challenges in sports, business or education more confidently and effectively. You can learn to respond calmly to outside pressure by effectively focusing your mind and body at the task at hand.
- Chronic Headaches
- Anxiety Disorders
- Alcohol and Addiction
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Movement Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Stress-Induced Cardiac Disordersv
- Digestive Disorders
- Post-Stroke Neuromuscular
- TMJ and Bruxism
- Athletics and Professional Sports
- Academics and Test-Taking
- Professional / Leadership Performance
- Performing Arts