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What is Biofeedback?

 

 

Stress is a natural component of our everyday lives. It is the body's reaction to any change that requires a response-the responses show up in the body on the physical, mental and emotional level. The following information on stress comes from WebMD.com.

Stress can be a healthy response to keep us safe and alert from potential dangers. However, stress can affect us negatively when we face continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressful events. 

Continued stress without relief can cause a state of distress- a negative stress reaction. Distress can cause physical symptoms including but not limited to headaches, stomach trouble, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sleep issues, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. 

Stress is a costly problem: 75 to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress related complaints; OSHA declared stress a hazard of the workplace; it is estimated that stress costs American Industry more than $300 billion annually. 

Biofeedback reduces stress responses in the body...

Biofeedback uses electronic frequencies to reduce stress in your body. It works much like a set of tuning forks-the device is one tuning fork and your body is the other. The device sends out positive signals through electrodes placed on your wrists, ankles and forehead and "trains" your body to match those positive signals. This "matching of electrical signals" gently encourages your body to release stress. The average session lasts about 90 minutes.

This form of biofeedback is not suitable for people that suffer from seizures or have a pacemaker. 

 

Definition by Mayo Clinic Staff

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 for stress. 

 

Biofeedback SHOULD NOT be used as an alternative to medical attention!

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