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Biofeedback Therapy (And All You Want to Know)

Owing to its extensive benefits, biofeedback therapy has become quite popular in recent times. It helps with several psychological conditions like stress and anxiety. You can use your physiology to improve your psychology. At Cadabam’s Hospitals, we offer biofeedback therapy. Cadabam’s is one of the only premier mental health care centers that offer biofeedback services.

We have over 28+ years of experience. Our large and multi-specialty team of professionals rely on cutting-edge and scientifically-approved solutions to deliver people the best outcome and finest experience. If you’re looking for biofeedback therapy, connect with us today and take the hands of our experts. Call us at +91 97414 76476. Or email us at info@cadabamshospitals.com for more information.

What is biofeedback therapy?

The much-acclaimed phrase “Mind over Matter” is the premise of biofeedback therapy because it studies data availed from sensors attached to a body, and it assesses key body functions.  The data includes visual or auditory feedback which is used to control involuntary body functions and achieve desired effects during anxiety treatment, stress management, and other psychological conditions. 

Purpose of biofeedback

Biofeedback therapy aims to tackle stress using relaxation techniques. It involves maneuvering the involuntary functions like heartbeat rate, ease of breathing, etc. to control your body’s response to stress. 

The effectiveness of biofeedback is used mostly in controlling stress-related conditions. Evaluating and controlling the involuntary functions in your body can help treat eating disorders, learning disorders, bedwetting, and muscle spasms.

Biotherapy is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Anxiety or stress
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Headache
  • Epilepsy

Biofeedback is aimed at combating stress through relaxation techniques. Patients undergoing biofeedback therapy understand the dynamics of their behavior while feeling stressed, or due to mood-altering situations, or physical health problems. On ascertaining the reasons for their specific behavior, treatment is then strategically planned by the biofeedback doctors/experts. 

Types of Biofeedback therapy

Experts will recommend different types of biofeedback therapy depending on your stress levels and health problems. Based on the patient’s goal and involuntary function assessment, a treatment is created that must be controlled to combat stress. Biofeedback therapists choose from the following therapeutic methods to advise their patients. 

  • Breathing or Respiratory Biofeedback – Sensor bands are worn around the chest and abdomen to monitor breathing rates and patterns. This process helps to achieve greater control over the breathing rates which can help in a variety of situations.
  • Brain Waves or Neurofeedback – The scalp sensors are connected to the electroencephalograph (EEG) machine to monitor the patient’s brain waves. For conditions like ADHD, pain, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other disorders, this biofeedback technique is preferred for its non-invasive nature.
  • Muscle Tension – In this process, the sensors are placed at various points on the body and connected to an electromyograph (EMG), which helps detect changes in muscle tension by monitoring electrical activity that results in muscle contractions.
  • Body Temperature – The patient wears the sensor on his fingers or feet that measures the blood flow to the skin. When it comes to stress, body temperature tends to drop quite often. Low reading in this biofeedback therapy can indicate the need to utilize some stress management techniques.
  • Blood Pressure – In this type of biofeedback therapy, information about the patient’s blood pressure is collected. A Biofeedback doctor/therapist then guides the patient through relaxation techniques that may rely on visual cues, breathing exercises, or music to ease hypertension.
  • Galvanic Skin Response or Sweat Gland Activity – This technique involves measuring the amount of sweat on the surface of the skin, which helps detect the levels of emotional arousal. The sensors are attached around your fingers, on your palm, or wrist with an electrodermograph (EDG). This biofeedback process is also known as skin conductance.
  • Heart Rate– This is also known as heart rate variability biofeedback, where the sensors are placed on the wrists, chest, or lower torso. Using an electrocardiograph (ECG) machine, the heartbeat rate and its variations are measured and monitored. In another process, a change in the blood volume (photoplethysmograph) is measured using the finger or earlobe sensors.

Devices used during biofeedback therapy

Though medical experts may use a myriad of methods and instruments during biofeedback therapy, the most common biofeedback devices that are in use for treatment at home also include:

  • Mobile devices: At some stages during the biofeedback therapy, experts evaluate the physiological changes in the patient’s body such as heartbeat rate, sudden palpitation, and changes on the skin’s surface. These changes are gauged by using sensors attached to the patient’s fingers or ear with the sensors plugged into the computer on the other end. 

The therapists help control stress using computer prompts to control breathing, induce muscle relaxation, and help in positive thinking. Some other biofeedback therapies involve wearing headbands to monitor brain activity during meditation. This technique also uses sounds to calm the mind to control stress response in patients.

  • Wearable devices: During this therapy, sensors are tied to the waist to monitor breathing and track changes in breathing patterns using an app downloaded on the patient’s phone. The application on the phone sends out alerts in case patients suffer from prolonged tension and offer guided breathing exercises and techniques to help restore calm.

Benefits of biofeedback therapy

Biofeedback is quite useful for various mental health conditions. Here are some of the major benefits of biofeedback therapy to a patient:

  • Helps in chronic pain– Biofeedback helps patients identify any tense muscles and then advises on relaxation techniques, thus relieving them from any discomfort or issues that affect the lower back, abdomen, and joints. Biofeedback techniques work for people of all age groups, from children to senior citizens.
  • Treats headaches- Biofeedback therapy is most commonly used to treat headaches. Stress and muscle tension trigger migraines and other types of headaches that can make the symptoms more intense.
  • Provides relief from anxiety – Relief from anxiety is another common benefit of using the biofeedback technique to treat stress. Biofeedback therapy for anxiety increases awareness of the body and how it responds to stress and anxiety. 

Biofeedback therapy has no side effects, unlike prescription drugs that are used to treat the same problem.

How Effective Is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback therapy can be very useful as it reduces or eliminates the need for medications. It is often regarded as a training method, rather than a therapeutic method. With training and practice, Biofeedback therapy helps people develop new skills to cope or perform better.  

Why Cadabam’s Hospitals?

At Cadabam’s Hospitals, biofeedback specialists assess major bodily activities and analyze other vital information to understand and know more about the patient’s psychological behavior. With the use of state-of-the-art and sophisticated instruments and constant monitoring procedures, biofeedback doctors/specialists identify and correlate voluntary and involuntary physiological responses.

To be most effective, biofeedback therapy requires patients to play an active role in their treatment as their dedication to regular practice will yield the best result.

To build relapse prevention of illnesses such as bipolar affective disorder, addiction, etc., please do avail of this treatment at our hospital.


FAQs

What are the other diseases that are treated with Biofeedback therapy?

Raynaud’s Disease Biofeedback therapy is known to help with Raynaud’s disease, which is a condition that can make certain body parts feel numb or cool. These feelings are triggered due to emotional stress or cool temperatures, which is caused due to blood supply problems to the skin. A biofeedback specialist can conduct thermal biofeedback to help relieve symptoms. It can improve circulation and reduce the symptom frequency, after therapy. Chronic Constipation Biofeedback therapy has shown better results than laxatives, for chronic constipation; also, it can retain the muscles that cause chronic constipation. Biofeedback can improve bowel movements by eighty percent, which makes it an effective treatment for patients who suffer from constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nocturnal Bruxism This is a condition that leads to clenching, grinding, or bracing your teeth and jaws, while asleep. Biofeedback treatment can reduce any signs of nocturnal bruxism and result in a meaningful improvement. Studies have also shown no side effects during the treatment period. Other diseases include: Backache Asthma High blood pressure Chronic pain Diabetes Muscle spasms Motion sickness

How many sessions of biofeedback therapy do you need?

Usually, the sessions will last for an hour but it depends on the condition. Some patients will experience relief right away, while some may need eight to ten sessions to experience results. Patients suffering from high blood pressure may need twenty sessions to see improvements. Along with the sessions, a biofeedback specialist will suggest that you conduct some mental and relaxation activities at home, for five to ten minutes daily.

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