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what is biofeedback?

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Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice 33 years experience
Self-healing: Biofeedback is a safe, effective treatment approach that trains the patient to self-regulate abnormal biological activity toward normal functioning using positive feedback for progressive incremental changes. An appropriate biological measure (eg muscle emg, heart rate variability and even brain eeg) which best correlates with the underlying problem is monitored as the basis for training reward.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Biofeedback is: Simply feedback of information to you about your own internal biological activity. You then use that information to learn self regulation. You can't learn any skill without feedback of your performance. Biofeedback gives you information of normally unconscious functions -- muscle activity, breathing, heart rate, sweating, skin temperature, brain waves, etc. -- allowing you to regulate them.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does biofeedback work?

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Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice 33 years experience
Operant Conditioning: And learning occurs when the client is rewarded with positive audiovisual cues every time s/he changes and trends the biological measure closer to normal functioning and away from dysfunctional habits. Humans can learn to normalize blood pressure, heart rate, muscle activity (emg), stress response, and even brain wave activity (eeg) with profound effects on a wide range of common medical problems.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are biofeedback machines?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Electronic devices: That measure biological reactions and feed the information back to you with simple signals. They help you learn to regulate your body's response to stress or to correct a dysfunctional body response. The most common instruments measure muscle activity, heart rate, breathing, skin temperature, sweating, or brain activity. Check with www.Bcia.Org and www.Aapb.Org for info & certified therapists.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is biofeedback effective therapy?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: It has been shown to have some benefits in urinary incontinence, smoking cessation, relaxation, etc. It doesn't work for everyone or every time.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

Where can I learn biofeedback?

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Dr. Robert Kassoff
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Biofeedback Practice: There are indivduals who specialize in doing biofeedback tx. Most of the "machines" available to the public add so much electrical artifact (noise) into the signal, that the instrumentation is often useless. Go to a practice that can do the treatment, then also give home practice devices. A skilled clinician is indicated. Ask about years of experience and formal training or credentials
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What conditions does Biofeedback treat?

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Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 21 years experience
Biofeedback treats..: Biofeedback is a method whereby individuals learn to control their bodily level of arousal more effectively. It has been used to treat headaches/migraines, incontinence, high blood pressure, and anxiety. Neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback has been used to help with ADHD, symptoms of autism, brain injury, and depression. These are the most known issues.

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