What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive process promoting overall health through better self regulation. It uses visual display of your stress levels to guide you in using paced, even, and released breathing techniques to calm “fight or flight” stress responses. It helps control stress levels.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
It uses finger or earlobe with sensors: Treats anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and unexplained abdominal pain. Breathing activates vagal nerve, which descends from the brain in the carotid sheath all the way to your diaphragm. The vagal nerve slows your heart rate. A stress response to anything such as a difficult conversations, traffic, or studying changes your heart rate independently of the breathing-related variation to irregular changes. In contrast, when we breathe even, natural, and smooth, you get smooth heart rate waves which are associated with health and peak performance.
How is it administered?
The clinician administering the therapy uses advanced computer technology to provide the individual with feedback about their biological functioning in order to enhance the individual’s ability to better self-regulate arousal level. As clients master techniques associated with self-regulation, they are asked to practice and apply what they have learned without the use of the biofeedback equipment.