Learn about the natural health benefits of Biofeedback & find an Biofeedback practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: The term "biofeedback" comes from "biological feedback" and came into use
around 1969 in United States.
Therapy Type: Mind-body
WHAT EXACTLY IS BIOFEEDBACK?
Biofeedback is based on the concept that thoughts and emotions effect physical reactions within our body. It is predominantly a technique which trains people to associate specific thoughts and actions with desired physical responses.
In order to achieve this, an accurate method of measuring a physiological function is required and a variety of biofeedback tools are thus used to record the level of activity of different body systems. These devices use sounds or images to highlight the body’s level of response. This ‘fed back’ information is used to modify behavioural responses which can then have a positive affect on the functioning of the client. Biofeedback primarily focuses on changing habitual reactions to stress which cause symptoms of pain or disease. Relaxation is a key factor in many cases, particularly in response to stressful situations. Feedback of physical responses such as muscular tension, skin temperature and heart rate provides information to help the client to identify their own states of relaxation.
As a result, Biofeedback ultimately encourages the client’s own responsibility for their health and the recognition that they can make positive changes to their state of health. Biofeedback training can be received in physical therapy clinics, medical centres and hospitals, however working with a therapist, initially, may provide the best long-term results.
Biofeedback may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM BIOFEEDBACK SESSIONS
A typical biofeedback consultation lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. The duration and number of sessions will be determined by your condition and how quickly you learn to control your physical responses. A Biofeedback practitioner will tape sensors to various parts of your body in order to measure heart rate, temperature, muscle tension, etc. These sensors are connected to devices which monitor subtle responses in your body and give you immediate ‘feedback’ on the bodily function you are aiming to control. Such devices include:
Skin Temperature (ST) - used to record changes in heat to your skin.
Electrical Skin Resistance (ESR) - used to measures the skin’s electrical conductivity by the amount of sweat produced under stress.
Electromyographs (EMGs) - used to indicate muscle tension.
Electroencephalographs (EEGs) - used to measure brain activity.
Electrocardiograph (ECG) - used to monitor your heart rate.
The practitioner will teach you relevant mental or physical exercises to help control the functions which are causing your problem. They may also help you to identify the circumstances that trigger your symptoms. You will ultimately learn to manage physical functions by associating desired responses, such as relaxation or reduced pain, with specific thoughts and actions. These thoughts and actions can then be applied without the use of a feedback machine.
Biofeedback does involve a dedication to practising biofeedback or relaxation exercises every day. People generally need 8-10 sessions with 1-3 sessions per week.
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