Biofeedback FAQ

While stress and tension are normal and sometimes even a healthy part of daily life, when stress symptoms show up as anxiety attacks, headaches, high blood pressure, sleeping difficulties and other signs of stress, you may not be relieving stress in a regular and healthy way.
Relaxation techniques and Biofeedback training help you manage stress without having it build up in your body in unhealthy ways.
Without stress relievers such as relaxation or exercise, you are actually preventing your body from working properly.

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Biofeedback:

What is Biofeedback?

How does Biofeedback work?

What is Biofeedback therapy?

How does Biofeedback help manage stress?

Are Biofeedback therapists certified?

What is stress management?

How to deal with stress?

Is Biofeedback hard to learn?

Who would NOT be a good candidate for Biofeedback therapy?

Does Biofeedback training work with teen stress and children?

How to reduce anxiety with Biofeedback?

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback definition: Biofeedback is a stress management technique which uses monitoring devices to give feedback about body functions such as heart rate, muscle tension, or nervous system tension which is used to train you to achieve a greater level of conscious control over those functions.

It is used in clinical settings to treat certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, and pain management.

It also has shown benefits in reducing symptoms of stress, decreasing anxiety, and improving health.

How does Biofeedback work?

Biofeedback is simply the use of a Biofeedback machine that measures changes in some of your body’s activities and feeds back information to you.

Sensors from the machine are placed over muscles or finger tips and pick up signals from your body and send these signals to a Biofeedback machine. There is no discomfort associated with this and there is no signal delivered into your body. This is like having an EKG or simply taking your temperature with a thermometer.

Biofeedback (body feedback) comes to you as a sound or visual display which changes as your muscle or nervous system becomes more relaxed.

You can use this information to learn how to relax, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and decrease or control pain symptoms.

What is Biofeedback therapy?

Biofeedback therapy (which is also called Biofeedback training) is the process where the client learns stress management techniques while receiving feedback from a Biofeedback machine over a series of visits. In the end, you will learn to use your own body for feedback about tension building or quieting…Biofeedback/body feedback.

Training takes place in a private office.

Sessions are one hour in length, taking place once or twice per week for 4 to 15 sessions based on your specific needs.

(The actual number of visits to complete the training depends on the specific conditions or client goals.)

How does Biofeedback help manage stress?

Improving your awareness of muscles and nervous system tension and relaxation is the first goal of Biofeedback training.

Information from the Biofeedback machine will guide you as you learn to connect awareness of increases or decreases in stress and tension with body sensation changes.

You will also practice with CD/audio training at home which is designed to improve your self-awareness and self-regulation skills.

Controlling the build-up of muscle or nervous tension during your day and learning to become more deeply relaxed are additional goals of Biofeedback training.

Are Biofeedback therapists certified?

Your Biofeedback therapist is certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (http://www.bcia.org) and is trained to help you learn to manage your stress, tension, and pain.

For a person to apply for certification or to become trained in Biofeedback, (which involves clinical training and testing) they have to hold at least an undergraduate degree in a field related to mental or physical health.

Many of the people that are certified Biofeedback therapists are licensed in their own profession already.

For instance, Jinny holds a license as a registered nurse.

Other people may be a psychologist or a physical therapist or a speech pathologist.

What is stress management?

Stress management definition: Stress management is a group of programs and techniques designed to help people learn how to cope with stress. By determining what causes stress in your life and becoming more effective at how to handle stress you can minimize the negative effects of stress building up in your daily life.

Many stress management programs focus on how to manage stress in specific settings such as at work, but one of the benefits of stress management with Biofeedback training is that it can be used anywhere. Your body is always telling you if your stress is high or low and you can interact with yourself in a way that you can recover from or release this tension anywhere and as you move through your daily life.

How to deal with stress?

Many of us wonder how to reduce stress in our lives.

And some of us may even want to learn how to be stress-free.

However, it is not the goal of stress management for people to learn how to neutralize stress.

Stress can be healthy and health-promoting.

We would experience less joy and be less effective in life without it.

But too much stress can have a negative effect on our health.

The goal with stress management, of which Biofeedback is a part, is learning when the stress is moving into the zone of being counterproductive and to ensure effective recovery from stress periodically during the day.

We want a rhythm of stress and recovery from stress throughout the day.

Is Biofeedback hard to learn?

No, clients from age five to age eighty-five have discovered how easy-to-learn Biofeedback can improve their health and stress management.

First, by working with a trained practitioner who is experienced in guiding people through Biofeedback training you will find this form of stress management very simple to understand and put to use.

Secondly, you will learn to reinforce the Biofeedback training with a series of simple guided exercises to do yourself. Your body will gradually re-learn how to recover on its own effectively from the multiple stresses we have during daily life.

If you are willing to these two simple things, you can learn and improve your stress management.

Who would NOT be a good candidate for Biofeedback therapy?

The main area that seems to prevent people from gaining benefits from Biofeedback is if the person is unwilling or unable to practice the skills you are learning.

Biofeedback training includes the need to put-into-practice the skills you are learning with guided exercises and engage in two or three second exercises throughout the day.

Does Biofeedback training work with children and teen stress?

Yes, the Denver Biofeedback Clinic has successfully worked with children and teens to teach them a drug-free way to deal with stress.

Children and teens, just like adults around them increasingly experience stress in their lives.

Whether it’s the stress of “test anxiety” or the desire for sports excellence or looking for optimal performance in an imperfect world, children and teens are not immune to the negative effects of too much stress in their lives.

Children and teens typically enjoy using Biofeedback equipment and tend to learn very quickly and very well.

Adult clients have expressed: “I wish my kids would learn this when they’re young instead of waiting until they get to be my age and then they figure it out.”

How to reduce anxiety with Biofeedback?

Anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks) can have their roots in a variety of causes.

Relaxation techniques like Biofeedback training can show you how to reduce anxiety and relieve symptoms in many cases.

The techniques you learn help you sense and regulate, consciously, tension in the muscular system and the respiratory system, and in the nervous system.

This is important because the nervous system also regulates the cardiovascular system, digestive elimination, the immune system, and the respiratory system.

It is the nervous system that actually feeds into the development of things like anxiety, migraine headaches, sleep disturbance, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, and dysfunctions in the immune system.

Biofeedback training leads the conscious mind into a position where it can learn to sense and then guide these systems into recovery periodically.

This will gradually lower the on-going tension in these systems and improve management of anxiety.

Working with a trained professional using a Biofeedback machine delivers the information to the conscious mind so that you can learn to sense and then rehearse, with the aid of feedback from the equipment, the approach for making changes to help manage anxiety.