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During biofeedback therapy, special sensors are attached to the person’s body that measure psycho-physiological states such as respiration, heart rate, brain activity, or blood pressure. Accordingly, the person can modify these states. For example, if the biofeedback device shows your heart rate is at 100, you may be instructed to consciously take deep breaths until the device rating goes to 80-90. Doing this exercise for two months twice a day can eventually make this your normal breathing rate, which will bring your heart rate to the baseline and make you feel calmer.

Biofeedback is more of a type of training than a therapy. A session usually lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes. It can go up to 4 or 6 sessions, or even 8 or 10 sessions, depending on the condition, the person’s response to the training, and their treatment goals. It is particularly useful for managing stress, and to help ease the symptoms of various physical and mental health conditions that may get exacerbated by stress, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, migraines, anxiety, tension headaches, brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pain, high and low blood pressure, etc.
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How effective is Biofeedback for Depression?

Biofeedback is effective for depression as it helps the person monitor their physiological states to relax their autonomic nervous system, which helps them feel calmer and boosts their mood. 

How does it work?

Electric sensors are attached to your body areas depending on what needs to be measured, and through a device that is connected to the electric sensors you will get feedback on your physical responses. During the session, a therapist will guide you through various relaxation techniques, visualization, mindfulness, or breathing, and you’ll receive the feedback about your physiological state from the device in terms of visual or audio cues, such as a beep.

 

How many numbers of sessions are required?

Usually 4 to 6 sessions, or even 8 to 10 sessions are given to people. But this number fluctuates depending on the individual’s condition, their treatment goals, and how effectively biofeedback is helping them.