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, you can be preventing your body from working properly.

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

What is Biofeedback?

How does Biofeedback work?

How does Biofeedback help manage stress?

What is stress management?

How to deal with stress?

Is Biofeedback hard to learn?

Who would NOT be a good candidate for Biofeedback training?

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 has shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of stress, decreasing anxiety, headache, high blood pressure, pain management, and improving health.

How does Biofeedback work?

Biofeedback training is the process where you learn to read your body’s feedback (biofeedback) to sense when your body is stressed or relaxed. You learn to use your CONSCIOUS mind guide the part of your brain that runs your body to help back down the stress when it builds enough for your body to TELL YOU that it cannot manage the stress itself and needs the help of your CONSCIOUS mind to regain control.


How does Biofeedback help manage stress?

Your goal with this training is to FIRST gain Conscious awareness of the sensations of change in your breathing, your muscle tension, your nervous system tension and also learn to track changes in the tone of your thoughts. Your SECOND goal is to use and apply skills for guiding your body back into a sense of calm where your stress is back in a recovery stage.

You will practice with CD/audio training which is designed to improve these self-awareness and self-regulation skills. You will set reminders to cue you to apply these simple and fast tools to create a change in how your body responds to stress!

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. 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?

You will find this form of stress management very simple to understand and put to use. You will learn to reinforce your 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 training?

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

Biofeedback training includes the need to put-into-practice the skills you are learning with brief stress-recovery exercises which take about two or three seconds and are done about every 30 minutes or so for throughout your day for about a month or month and a half as you build your skills.

Does Biofeedback training work with children and teen stress?

Yes, Biofeedback training 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 often learn these skills very quickly and enjoy the experience of gaining control of their body and feelings.

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?

The techniques you learn can help you sense and Consciously regulate tension in the muscular, respiratory, and nervous systems.

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 can gradually lower the on-going tension in these systems and decrease the build-up of symptoms such as anxiety.