Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body’s functions . . . you’re connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio) . . . In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to improve a health condition or physical performance.” (MayoClinic.org)
During a biofeedback session, your provider places painless sensors on your skin. The sensors measure physiological signals from your body, such as:
A nearby screen displays the results, which your practitioner will explain. Then your practitioner will suggest strategies to change how your body is functioning. The practitioner may ask you to:
As you try each suggestion, you can watch how it affects the results on the screen in real time. With practice, you can learn to create the same bodily changes without the feedback screen or the practitioner’s prompts.
Biofeedback can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions and disorders. Most commonly, used to treat:
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The physiological profile assessment takes you through a series of mildly stressing activities, immediately followed by periods of rest. Your clinician can use this assessment to evaluate how your physiology adapts to stress, as well as how easily it recuperates after the stress is over. The assessment takes a bout 20 minutes and ends with a short relaxation exercise.
The assessment includes:
1. baseline (2min)
2. Loud noise (2min)
3. Rest (2min)
4. Math task (2min)
5. Rest (2min)
6. Stressful memory (2min)
7. Rest (2min)
8. Relaxation (3min)
3 Step Assessment is a quick tool to evaluate how your cardiovascular system adjusts to changes in position and breathing patterns. HRV is greatly influenced by the interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. Specifically, the SNS (sympathetic nervous system) is in charge of the stress response, and prepares the body for fight or flight by accelerating bodily functions, while the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system) is primarily involved in relaxation, preparing the body to rest and recover after the stressful situation is over. The 3 steps of the assessment take you through state changes which should influence the balance between SNS and PNS dominance. During the assessment, you will be recording finger pulse and respiration data in 3 different situations:
1. 2 minutes in a relaxed but standing position, breathing normally.
2. 2 minutes, sitting in a comfortable position, breathing normally.
3. 2 minutes, sitting in a comfortable position, breathing at a specific rate.
Based on your HRV Assessment results, your clinical team will let you know what we have found and will recommend the best customized treatment plan for you.
Different kinds of biofeedback training are available depending on goals and history. Your clinician will design a personalized biofeedback program for you depending on your needs.