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Have you ever had a patient who is not healing or progressing as fast as they should? Or perhaps their stress response is so engaged that they can’t even hear you when you give them simple instructions like “take a breath” or “relax your shoulders.”

With the aid of Biofeedback, your patient can learn to be an active participant in their own health care team and gain important skills to help themselves both regain and maintain their health.

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Biofeedback for Healthcare Practitioners

What is Biofeedback?

What is the role of the Biofeedback therapist?

Who can be helped with Biofeedback training?

When would it be appropriate to refer a patient?

What are some signs of stress for healthcare practitioners to be aware of?

What are some other signs that that stress response is engaged?

What is your training?

Is Biofeedback covered by insurance?

How are the Biofeedback sessions managed?

Are there any contraindications for using Biofeedback training?

Do you work with children and teens?

Where can I get additional resources about Biofeedback?

What would be the next step if I wanted to refer someone to Denver Biofeedback Clinic?

Who should I contact if I have questions?

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a training approach to help people learn to sense and regulate the buildup of tension in the respiratory, muscular, postural, autonomic nervous system, and also the affective (mental mood) system.

As people learn to sense and regulate and apply these skills to enter into periodic and effective recovery from stress throughout the day we can expect an improvement in areas of physical and emotional and even mental health that tend to be adversely affected by the buildup of stress.

Many health care issues we see as health practitioners are triggered by or made worse by stress.

Biofeedback training is a noninvasive, drug-free approach to stress management.

What is the role of the Biofeedback therapist?

Denver Biofeedback Clinic, Inc. is happy to work as a team member and inform other members of the healthcare team of the work that we’re doing with Biofeedback training.

This is done in the form of periodic reports.

Biofeedback training is not done to the exclusion of other areas of health care in the patient’s treatment plan.

Instead, Biofeedback therapy is an adjunct to other treatment approaches.

When needed, Denver Biofeedback Clinic can also work as a standalone health care provider.

Who can be helped with Biofeedback training?

Biofeedback training is helpful for optimization of health, to assist in recovery or rehabilitation, to assist people that have delayed healing.

It is an approach that can be used to help manage the symptoms of a stress response which is overly engaged.

When would it be appropriate to refer a patient?

It would be appropriate to consider a referral for Biofeedback training when it becomes apparent to you or the patient they are not moving into effective recovery.

What are some signs of stress to be aware of?

The signs of stress are often more apparent to the practitioner than the patient.

We’ve all seen the signs:

  • The patient is so tense they just can’t hear you.
  • You know they have little body awareness and so are not in a position to help with their own health management
  • They have difficulty following instructions like “take a breath” or “let your muscles relax”
  • Their shoulders are up, but they don’t have the skills for putting them back down again, or they are not aware of the tension.

The activation of the stress response can also be demonstrated as:

  • When you shake their hand their fingers are cold
  • Or their hands are sweaty
  • Or you can see that they’re not breathing correctly

When any of these things are happening we can know that their system is in battle preparation state and that battle preparation state is counterproductive to healing.

This stress response can overexcite the muscle system, in particular triggering a guarding response around injury that can preclude the healing process.

Stress can also interfere with our patient’s ability to sleep, which will interfere with the healing process.

It can worsen pre-existing issues like irritable bowel problems or asthma, or migraine headaches.

What are some other signs that the stress response is engaged?

There are many signs for a health care practitioner that the stress response is engaged.

Here are some of the main signs:

  • The patient would appear to you as anxious or tense.
  • They would be making complaints like, “How come I’m not getting better?”
  • They’re not making the progress that you would expect.
  • They’re having difficulty with relating to other family members.
  • They aren’t sleeping or eating appropriately.
  • You can see that they’re feeling helpless and do not have a sense of empowerment.

Biofeedback training can address the stress response and help people improve their sense of self-regulation and their sense of control.

The patient learns to be an active participant in their own health care team and gain skills to help themselves heal.

What is your training?

Jinny Joy LaRock is an RN and certified in Biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) (formerly the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) since its inception, and is recognized as a Sr. Fellow.

Jinny served as a Board Member for the Colorado Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback for 7 years and is an active member of the National Association of Applied Psychophysiological and Biofeedback since 1981.

She has been practicing Biofeedback since 1976 and is a pioneer in the field of Biofeedback.

Her Biofeedback training focus involves significant work on pain management and injury rehabilitation since1990.

Is Biofeedback covered by insurance?

Yes, in many cases Biofeedback is a covered by major medical insurance and is generally a covered benefit for worker’s compensation injuries and Auto Medpay.

However, the individual would need to find out from their insurance carrier whether they have the benefit or not.  There is information on this site which gives the information that will help you with getting confirmation regarding insurance coverage.

How are the Biofeedback sessions managed?

The Biofeedback training is held in an individual, one-on-one session–one hour in length.

Jinny tracks progress both objectively through monitoring changes in their physiology with the Biofeedback equipment, and subjectively by tracking symptom changes.

She also keeps other members of the healthcare team informed by sending periodic update reports as the training progresses and a discharge report at the conclusion of the training.

Are there any contraindications for using Biofeedback training?

While most people can benefit from Biofeedback training, sometimes people will not gain the full benefits of the training.

Biofeedback therapy may be contraindicated for:

  • A person that is in deep levels of depression or in other ways has significant learning challenges.
  • A person who seems to be uninterested in gaining skills for self-help.
  • A person who is unwilling or unable to practice the home training portion of the training.

Do you work with children and teens?

Yes.

Jinny works with children as young as age five.

She enjoys working with a wide range of children and adolescents.

She has adapted communication materials and styles that work with young clients.

Typically children and teens enjoy working with the Biofeedback machine and have a tendency to learn very quickly.

Where can I get additional resources about Biofeedback?

Additional resources can be found at:

The American Association of Psycho-physiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)

There you will find additional resources about Biofeedback for a number of symptoms including headaches, Biofeedback for anxiety or sleep disorder, or Biofeedback for children and Biofeedback for chronic pain.

What would be the next step if I wanted to refer someone to Denver Biofeedback Clinic?

First, give the patient some information about Biofeedback, such as the online resources at Denver Biofeedback Clinic. (Link to website download)

Next, you can fax a referral with the patient’s phone number to Denver Biofeedback Clinic Fax: 303-433-1899 (or phone us at 720-855-6680)

Then, we will call the patient and discuss Biofeedback options with them.

Once they have scheduled an appointment, we will contact you to let you know when their first appointment is scheduled.

Finally, after the first appointment we will send a copy of the treatment plan report to you.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions or would like more information please contact:

Jinny Joy LaRock, RN, BCB, Sr. Fellow

Denver Biofeedback Clinic, Inc.
499 West Belleview Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110
720-855-6680 phone
303-433-1899 fax
DenverBiofeedback@comcast.net