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Overview

The principle of biofeedback is measuring the physiological state of the body, giving feedback to the person regarding their current state, and helping them modify these states for promoting effective functioning of their mind and body. Biofeedback monitors involuntary body responses such as perspiration and heart rate in order to help the person learn to control these responses which leads to improvement in the person’s physical and mental health.
There are various types of biofeedback depending on the different involuntary responses of the body that is being measured.
Heart rate variability. The sensors are placed on fingers or earlobes to measure the pulse and the heart rate variability. It helps treat symptoms of asthma, anxiety, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Thermal. This type of biofeedback measures temperature based on blood flow to the skin. The sensors are placed on the fingers or the feet. It helps treat headaches, anxiety disorders, or Raynaud’s disease.
Electromyogram (EMG). The sensors are placed on skeletal muscles to measure muscle tension. It helps treat anxiety disorders, back pain, or headaches.
Electroencephalography (EEG). This is also known as neurofeedback. Sensors are placed on the head and brain wave activity is measured. It is useful for treating ADHD and seizure disorders.
Electrodermal activity (EDA). Sensors are placed on fingers, palms or wrists, to measure sweat gland activity and perspiration amount on the skin. It is beneficial in treating chronic pain or anxiety disorders.
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How effective is Biofeedback for OCD?

Biofeedback is effective in making long-lasting changes to the brain that helps reduce obsessions and compulsions in a person with OCD.

Is Biofeedback for OCD safe?

Biofeedback is generally a safe method of treatment and has mild and temporary side effects that do not last long. However, for certain medical conditions biofeedback may not be the appropriate treatment method. So it is always advisable to get physical evaluations done before engaging in any forms of biofeedback treatment.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number and duration of sessions depends on the severity of the person’s condition and how responsive they are to treatment in each session.