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We are equipped with a rapid and sensitive emergency response to assure survival. But we are also equipped with a process of restoration and recovery.

Biofeedback allows eavesdropping on our body's own internal conversation.

Biofeedback provide effective training for :

Peak performance-monitoring oneself to train and achieve self-regulation

Stress management-self-awareness and self-control. Every stressor has a corresponding somatic reaction and vice versa

Psychophysiological properties- the physiological signals produced by the body are used as a psychophysiological mirror

Relaxation techniques- progressive muscle relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing techniques

Ergonomics- computer operators- body posture adjustments through muscle activity training

Biofeedback restores an overactive autonomic nervous system and developing self-awareness and control.

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a learning process in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by observing signals generated by their own bodies. It is scientifically based and validated by research studies and clinical practice.

Biofeedback is the monitoring of physiological signals.

These signals are then processed, quantified, and fed back to help develop self-awareness and control over a person's physiology.

The person may achieve insight and control over how he/she moves, thinks, emotes, and reacts.

The biofeedback therapist can monitor and display to the person any biological signal, including muscle activity, electrodermal activity, peripheral temperature, respiration patterns, heart rate and brainwave activity ( Eeg neurofeedback).

Biofeedback is non-invasive. When used clinically, a therapist attaches sensors or electrodes to the body and these sensors provide a variety of readings--feedback--that is displayed on equipment, usually a meter or a computer, for the patient to see. One commonly used device called the electromyogram (EMG), for example, picks up electrical signals from the muscles. It translates the signals into a form that people can detect, such as a flashing light and/or a beeper, every time muscles become tenser. If one wants to relax tense muscles, one must try to slow down or eliminate the flashing or beeping. People learn to associate sensations from the muscle with actual levels of tension and develop a new, healthy habit of keeping muscles only as tense as is necessary for as long as necessary. After treatment, individuals are then able to repeat this response at will without being attached to the sensors.

Other biological functions, which are commonly measured and used in these ways, are skin temperature, heart rate (EKG, BVP), sweat gland activity (GSR, SC), respiration, and brainwave activity (EEG).

Studies have shown that we have more control over supposedly involuntary bodily functions than we ever thought possible. Researchers have proved that many individuals can alter their involuntary responses by being "fed back" information either visually or audibly about what is going on in their bodies. As a result, biofeedback can train individuals with techniques for living a healthier life overall - whether one has a medical condition or not.

Electromyographs (EMGs) measure muscle tension. Therapists use them to relieve muscle stiffness, treat incontinence, and recondition injured muscles.

Skin Temperature Gauges show changes in the amount of heat given off by the skin, a measurement that indicates any change in blood flow. These gauges are used in the treatment of Raynaud's disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, addictive disorders and migraines.

Galvanic Skin Response Sensors (GSRs) use the amount of sweat you produce under stress to measure the conductivity of your skin. They are often used to reduce anxiety.

Electrocardiographs (ECGs) monitor the heart rate and may be useful in relieving an overly rapid heartbeat and controlling high blood pressure.

Respiration Feedback Devices concentrate on the rate, rhythm, and type of breathing to help lessen symptoms of asthma, anxiety, and hyperventilation and promote relaxation.

Controls body process during ordinary situations

It conserves & restores

Slows heart & decreases blood pressure

Prepares the body for stressful & emergency situations

Fight & flight reaction

Autonomic Nervous System