Biofeedback: The Mind/Body Bridge
Biofeedback uses technology to magnify your body's reactions in the form of a signal (such as
lights, sounds, numbers), to enhance your awareness about how you are responding at a
particular time. Using this feedback, you can mane physical adjustments to change and
undesired response or symptom. Your Feedback Loops Occupational Therapist will teach you
new skills to help you learn how to relax and quiet your mind and body. Biofeedback can be
used to help you see how well you are doing.
|EMG Biofeedback (Muscle Information)|
|EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback)|
Types of Biofeedback:
EMG Biofeedback (Muscle Information)
Learn how to relax, recruit or re-educate muscles. Some examples of EMG include muscle
relaxation, retraining movement patterns and reinforcing good body mechanics.
Thermal Biofeedback (Temperature)
Most of us have experienced cold hands with nervousness and anxiety. As people learn to
relax, their hands warm and fingertip temperature rises. This very simple form of
biofeedback is useful for reducing stress and managing migraine headaches.
EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback)
Sensors are placed on the scalp to pick up brain wave activity reflecting how you
are paying attention. You can be taught how to shift your attention to relax, improve
performance and focus better during daily activities. Neurofeedback is beneficial
for conditions such as ADD, stress reduction and pain management.
Heart Rate Variability
Heart Rate Variability biofeedback reflects information about the link between emotions,
stress and the physiology of the heart. A finger sensor is used to pick up heart rate, the
subtle variations in the heart beat and is then displayed as usable feedback to the patient.
The therapist provides training to help the individual learn techniques to help calm the
central nervous system. The patient can see changes in heart rate variability immediately,
reinforcing the benefits of newly acquired skills. In addition to helping people learn to relax,
heart rate variability may also enhance cardiac function.