What is Biofeedback ?
Simply put, biofeedback as it is traditionally used is a means for gaining control of our body processes to increase relaxation, relieve pain, and develop healthier, more comfortable life patterns. Biofeedback gives us information about ourselves by means of specialized instrumentation that monitors various physiological processes as they occur in real time. The psychophysiological systems traditionally monitored and subject to feedback include brain wave activity, temperature, sweat gland activity, heart rate, and respiration. Moving graphs on a computer screen and audio tones that go up and down "reflect" changes as they occur in the body system being measured.
Biofeedback is one of the few areas in which the use of advanced computer technology has a directly empowering impact on the individual who is using it. The Bio feedback provides highly engaging and easily understood feedback. It has dramatically improved the learner's ability to see and understand intricate internal functioning and develop strategies for influencing psychophysiological processes. Through the use of instrumentation such as this, the individual is able to see, hear, and optimize mind/body functioning.
We are at a critical juncture where children and adults need to be empowered to be their own heroes and healers as much as possible. In order to do this, one must have access to one's inner resources and be able to depend on them in an accurate and reliable way. Biofeedback is a means for developing these skills.
Biofeedback is not a treatment. Rather, biofeedback training is an educational process for learning specialized mind/body skills. Learning to recognize physiological responses and alter them is not unlike learning how to play the piano or tennis-it requires practice. Through practice, we become familiar with our own unique psychophysiological patterns and responses to stress and success, and learn to control them rather than having them control us.
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