INTEGRATIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
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Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body's functions, such as your heart rate. With biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). This feedback helps you focus on making subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain. In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance. Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique. Biofeedback is generally safe, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.
Biofeedback, sometimes called biofeedback training, is used to help manage many physical and mental health issues, including:
Biofeedback appeals to people for a variety of reasons:
During a feedback session, a therapist attaches electrical sensors to different parts of your body. These sensors monitor your body's physiological state, such as brain waves, skin temperature or muscle tension. This information is fed back to you via cues, such as a beeping sound or a flashing light. This feedback teaches you to change or control your body's physiological reactions by changing your thoughts, emotions, or behavior. In turn, this can help the condition for which you sought treatment. For instance, biofeedback can pinpoint tense muscles that are causing headaches. You then learn how to invoke positive physical changes in your body, such as relaxing those specific muscles, to reduce your pain. The ultimate goal with biofeedback is to learn to use these techniques at home on your own. A typical biofeedback session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. The length and number of sessions are determined by your condition and how quickly you learn to control your physical responses. You may need a series of 10 sessions or as many as 50, which can make it more expensive and time-consuming. Biofeedback is often not covered by insurance.
TYPES OF BIOFEEDBACK
Your therapist may use several different biofeedback techniques. Determining the technique that's right for you depends on your health problems and goals. Biofeedback techniques include:
You can receive biofeedback training in physical therapy clinics, medical centers, and hospitals. But a growing number of biofeedback devices and programs are being marketed for home use.
Some of these are hand-held portable devices, while others connect to your computer. You can try different devices until you find one that works for you, or ask your doctor for advice. Check with your health insurance company tot see what costs, if any, associated with biofeedback devices are covered.