Biofeedback is a type of technology designed to help you gain greater control over your physiological responses to stress. During
biofeedback training, you receive information or “feedback” from state-of-the-art equipment that measures your physiological stress responses while you adjust your breathing, posture, or thoughts to produce changes in these responses. By practicing over time, you can learn how to adjust these responses in a way that is favorable toward reducing symptoms and improving overall well-being.
Physiological responses that can be measured via biofeedback equipment include:
- Heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV)
- Skin conductance (“hand sweat”)
- Breathing rate
- Muscle tension
- Peripheral blood flow
Types of problems that research has found biofeedback to be effective in treating include:
- Chronic pain
- Headache (migraine, tension, and mixed)
- Hypertension (essential and “white coat”)
- Motion sickness
- Raynauld’s disease
- Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ)
Biofeedback training combined with cognitive-behavioral techniques is a non-invasive, biopsychosocial approach. Depending on your specific needs, you may use this as a stand-alone
treatment or in combination with other treatments (such as those prescribed by a physician or
Treatment begins with an initial assessment that includes biopsychosocial measures and a clinical
interview. Your treatment will be coordinated with other professionals involved in your care.
Click here to download the Biofeedback brochure.