The idea behind biofeedback is that, by harnessing the power of your mind and becoming aware of what's going on inside your body, you can gain more control over your health.
Electrodes are attached to your body that will measure such things as your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and skin temperature. These electrodes are attached to a computer that return readings in real time to give you greater awareness of your own physiological functions This feedback helps you make 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 ability to practice new ways to control your body, often to improve a health condition or physical performance
Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and mindfulness meditation are all techniques used during Biofeedback Therapy.
Did you know? Your body constantly is doing its own biofeedback, both at varied levels of consciousness and intentionality. Biofeedback and the biofeedback loop can also be thought of as self-regulation. Some of the processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception.