What is Biofeedback?
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback has been rigorously researched for over 30 years. The definition of Biofeedback is now standardized for all of the major Scientific and Clinical Organizations that support Biofeedback Research and Clinical applications:
Definition of Biofeedback
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user. The presentation of this information - often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior - supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. (Definition adopted by AAPB, BCIA, ISNR, 2007)
Who Can Benefit?
Individuals who suffer from migraine and tension headaches, anxiety, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), tinnitus, high blood pressure, and a number of other disorders can benefit from Biofeedback treatment. Elite athletes, like those in Collegiate and Professional Sports and especially Olympic events, are now using biofeedback in their training to optimize performance while decreasing performance anxiety.
Biofeedback Supports Emotional Development and Health
We have had success in our clinic with Biofeedback for individuals who have a history of difficulty with identifying and expressing emotions in interpersonal situations, like intimate relationships, family relationships and with colleagues in the workplace. Our patients who have undergone Biofeedback training report that they have deeper access to emotional material, are better able to express themselves in emotional terms and experience improved relationships. Many of our patients claim that they have accomplished "2 years of therapy" in 5 Biofeedback sessions. Since our Clinicians are also seasoned, licensed psychotherapists, we have the experience and training to incorporate Biofeedback training into short-term, emotionally-focused therapy.