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Dr. Robert Stewart
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Biofeedback (Overview)

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 a skill without feedback of your performance. Biofeedback gives you information of functions you're usually unaware of -- muscle activity, breathing, heart rate, sweating, skin temperature, brain waves, etc. -- allowing you to regulate them.


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What is biofeedback?

What is biofeedback?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Stewart
122 Doctors shared insights

Biofeedback (Overview)

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 a skill without feedback of your performance. Biofeedback gives you information of functions you're usually unaware of -- muscle activity, breathing, heart rate, sweating, skin temperature, brain waves, etc. -- allowing you to regulate them.


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How does biofeedback work?

How does biofeedback work?

Biofeedback: Works by feeding back 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. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of Biofeedback?

Safe, non-drug rx: Biofeedback uses sophisticated electronic equipment to monitor various physiological functions and presents this information to the patient in real time. We can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductance, brain waves, skin temperature, and other signals. By observing this information one can learn to CONTROL aspects of your physiology. For: migraines, ADD, anxiety/stress, HBP, +more ...Read more

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What conditions does Biofeedback treat?

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. ...Read more

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Recommend an affordable biofeedback sites?

Try these apps. . .: There are many apps for biofeedback and hypnotherapy. I've only tried a few myself. I like the ones by andrew johnson. "deep sleep" is helpful for many seeking ways to manage stress, relax, fall asleep, etc. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Biofeedback?

NONE: If done by an experienced provider there will only be benefit at best. No harmful effect ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: biofeedback?

What is the definition or description of: biofeedback?

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 a skill without feedback of your performance. Biofeedback gives you information of functions you're usually unaware of -- muscle activity, breathing, heart rate, sweating, skin temperature, brain waves, etc. -- allowing you to regulate them. ...Read more

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What are some of the conditions treated by Biofeedback?

Biofeedback may be used in:: Constipation in adults, Conversion and somatization disorders, Constipation, Sleep disturbances in childhood, Sleep disturbance, Vulvodynia, Vaginal prolapse, Rectal prolapse. ...Read more

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Can biofeedback be dangerous/cause negative medical response?

Doubtful: I am not aware of any dangers or negative medical responses to biofeedback. Certainly we need further study before it becomes a mainstream treatment for some things. But for migraines and for pelvic floor disorders, it is a recommended treatment.
I'm not clear from your question if you are talking about a particular biofeedback, however. ...Read more

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What site or app for biofeedback can you recommended that's not too pricey?

Try this one. . .: "deep sleep" by andrew johnson. Now get a comfy reclining chair, darken the room, and block out the rest of the world. This app is really hypno therapy rather than purely biofeedback, but it's probably the type people need for dealing with stress. This same individual makes similar apps for other purposes. ...Read more

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What are biofeedback machines?

What are biofeedback machines?

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. ...Read more

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Where can I learn biofeedback?

Where can I learn biofeedback?

Simple Technologies: You can start with some simple technologies - devices, computer programs &/or apps to give you feedback. You might want to try working on lowering your heart rate (pulse), for example. Check out "ibiofeedback": http://bit. Ly/16avtof or check the dept of defense's "biozen" app which you need to buy sensing devices for: http://bit. Ly/18idhrj. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Biofeedback?

Generally safe...: There is no evidence of significant harm that can be done in the process of biofeedback. That said, it may not be the best treatment for every issue and will be more effective for some people than others. So clarify your specific situation with a doctor and what to expect prior to engaging in such treatment. ...Read more

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What's the diffference between neurofeedback vs biofeedback?

Focus on brainwaves: Biofeedback can monitor a variety of body functions like heart rhythm, temperature or galvanic skin response. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that monitors brainwaves. It may help people achieve deep relaxation and help treat conditions like adhd, autism and epilepsy. Drug addicts who practice neurofeedback have much lower relapse rates. See comments:
http://www. Nytimes. Com/2010/10/05/he. ...Read more

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If someone cannot be successfully hypnotized is it likely that neuro biofeedback will not work in that same patient?

Not necessarily: The ability to be hypnotized is related to being willing and able to surrender your will and trust the hypnotist. The ability to do neuro-feedback involves following directions and focusing attention but does not require trusting someone else. Thus, one who can not be hypnotized might still be successful with neuro-feedback. ...Read more

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Is biofeedback effective therapy?

Yes.: Biofeedback has been proven effective for many disorders and conditions. The best source of information is the association for applied psychophysiology and biofeedback (www. Aapb. Org) and the biofeedback certification international alliance (www. Bcia. Org). ...Read more

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What do you do in biofeedback clinic?

Sensor/body readings: Sensors are attached to your body to record data such as heart rate, breathing rate, galvanic skin response (sweating) muscle activity and other similar physical phenomena. The data is recorded in the context, usually, of patients who are battling anxiety and/or depression. Typically biofeedback is used to help patients use their mental faculties to self-sooth and relax. ...Read more

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What is biofeedback therapy and how it is performed?

Biofeedback is....: Very simply put biofeedback teaches a person how to control autonomic functions of the body at a very elemental level. Equipment is used to allow people to practice and voluntarily control the temperature of the fingers and hands. ...Read more

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Is biofeedback therapy effective for mental health issues?

Is biofeedback therapy effective for mental health issues?

Biofeedback: Is effective for many mental health issues as well as physiological disorders. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, adhd, alcohol & substance abuse, as well as headache, chronic pain, asthma, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscle weakness, incontinence, hypertension, and to teach optimal performance. For more information, go to www. Bcia. Org. ...Read more

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Can you combine biofeedback with hypnosis to help with anxiety?

Can you combine biofeedback with hypnosis to help with anxiety?

Yes: There are similarities between hypnosis and biofeedback, and no problems with using both together. ...Read more

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I wanted to know what is biofeedback therapy? What does it involve?

I wanted to know what is biofeedback therapy? What does it involve?

Biofeedback is: Simply feedback of your own biological information. By feeding back information to you about your own internal biological activity, such as muscle activity, breathing, heart rate, sweating, skin temperature, or brain waves, you can learn to regulate them with practice. Find qualified therapists at www. Bcia. Org and at www. Aapb. Org. ...Read more

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Have any information or reviews about home devices for biofeedback?

Be cautious.: There are many devices on the market that claim to be biofeedback devices. Start by reading the article "how to distinguish legitimate biofeedback/neurofeedback devices" at www. Bcia. Org. If you want effective biofeedback training, find a certified therapist through www. Bcia. Org or www. Aapb. Org. Let that person help you find an appropriate home device. ...Read more

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Are the computer software for biofeedback for add children just a gimmick?

Are the computer software for biofeedback for add children just a gimmick?

Some are: In the 70's the gizmo was a $20, 000 piece of equipment with rows of " pac-man." if the child gazed steadily at the screen, the "pac-men" gobbled each other up. Children with adhd can " hyperfocus" on tv or video games the same way, especially if they're fast-paced & provide immediate reinforcement. This does not generalize to real-life situations nor improve ability to inhibit one's own behavior. ...Read more

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How effective is biofeedback for treating complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How effective is biofeedback for treating complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Can be useful add'l: There are several forms of biofeedback: peripheral (focuses on Autonomic Nervous System and Muscle activity-EMG), and neurofeedback (focuses on Central Nervous System-EEG). I have found it is a useful modality for chronic pain such as CRPS, but used in combination with other treatments: medication, physical therapy, and psychotherapy, . Look for a biofeedback provider who is certified by BCIA. ...Read more

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I would like to try biofeedback for incontinence - does anyone have a product recommendation?

I would like to try biofeedback for incontinence - does anyone have a product recommendation?

No.: Rather than look for a biofeedback instrument to use on your own, I would recommend finding a therapist specifically certified in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback for incontinence. Reliable instruments will be expensive and require training to use properly. Check with www. Bcia. Org and www. Aapb. Org for a qualified therapist. ...Read more

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What are the best biofeedback systems that you can buy & use at home? I'm on a tight budget, looking for low price that is still effective.

Finger temperature: This depends a lot on your goal. The cheapest biofeedback I know of is a digital thermometer with a small sensor attached by wire. Tape it to a fingertip and try to make the meter rise. Warm fingers are associated with decreased sympathetic nervous system activity and a relaxation response. Gsr is inexpensive too. Of course, EMG or eeg biofeedback is more elaborate & expensive. ...Read more

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Would like to get biofeedback for anxiety problem. I can't find any docs in my area that do this or who accept insurance for this. How can I find one?

Would like to get biofeedback for anxiety problem. I can't find any docs in my area that do this or who accept insurance for this. How can I find one?

Call medical assoc.: I would call the local medical society or the state medical association and inquire into the type of help you seek. ...Read more

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Can biofeedback help muscle tension?

Yes: Biofeedback is a very good way to treat muscle tension. In fact the first uses of this were to treat muscle tension headaches. ...Read more

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Does biofeedback work well with depression?

Does biofeedback work well with depression?

Yes: Yes it can be an useful adjunct to therapy and medication. But probably not a treatment by itself. ...Read more

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