BIOFEEDBACK AT THRIVE

Thrive Psychology Group - Los Angeles

OVERVIEW

Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that involves using visual or auditory feedback to gain control over involuntary bodily functions. This may include gaining voluntary control over heart rate, muscle tension, blood flow, pain perception and blood pressure. Biofeedback includes being connected to a technology device, sensors and software that provide feedback about specific aspects of your body and its functions.

WHAT IS BIOFEEDBACK USED FOR?

Biofeedback has been used for a range of conditions.

  • Treating tension headaches, migraines, and other pain.

  • Reducing and controlling anxiety and stress.

  • Controlling high and low blood pressure

  • Alleviating digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Helping patients control physical reactions to stress or anxiety.

  • Aiding in relaxation and stress management.

  • Managing symptoms of some brain injuries and ADD/ADHD, and some cases of PTSD.

Biofeedback is particularly useful for managing stress as well as symptoms of conditions that may be exacerbated by stress. Chronic stress can have a wide range of negative health effects including decreased immunity, heart disease, depression, digestive problems, and sleep disorders. Biofeedback can help manage stress response, allowing clients are able to control and decrease the harmful physical and psychological effects of stress.

HOW DOES BIOFEEDBACK WORK?

When our bodies are under stress, our bodily functions change. Our heart rate speeds up, our muscles tighten, our blood pressure rises, our breathing quickens. The change in these factors can affect how we perform and react in certain situations.

Biofeedback teaches us to recognize the physical signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety, such as increased heart rate, body temperature, and muscle tension. Scientists believe that the most harmful part of stress is not the stress itself, but our body’s response to stress. During times of stress- either acute of prolonged, our bodies into a state of “fight flight or freeze” in order to deal with potential threats. Being in this state often exacerbates the impact stress has on our bodies. By learning how to control physiological responses to stress, biofeedback patients are able to learn how to relax their minds and bodies and better cope with the symptoms of stress.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RESULTS OF BIOFEEDBACK?

Biofeedback can help many different conditions. Here are a few of the most popular ones which that have been identified and backed by research.

Chronic Pain. By helping the body identify tight muscles and learning to relax, biofeedback may help relieve the discomfort of conditions like lower back pain, abdominal pain, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and fibromyalgia.

Headaches. Headache relief is one of the best-studied biofeedback uses. Muscle tension and stress can trigger migraines and other types of headaches, and can make headache symptoms worse. Good evidence exists that biofeedback therapy can relax muscles and ease stress to reduce both the frequency and severity of headaches. Biofeedback seems to be especially beneficial for headaches when it's combined with medications.

Anxiety. Anxiety relief probably the most common common use of biofeedback. Biofeedback lets you become more aware of your body's responses when you're stressed and anxious. When learn how to control those responses via biofeedback, you can better control your responses to Anxiety.

Reducing High Blood Pressure. Although evidence on the subject is still mixed, Biofeedback has been cited as a factor in lowering blood pressure in certain individuals.