Biofeedback:
Increase Self-Awareness, Enhance Relaxation

images-10Biofeedback brings awareness to unhealthy habits and patterns and teaches patients to regain a level of relaxed awareness amidst chronic or acute stress.

Biofeedback monitors psychophysiological responses and stress activation via heart rate changes, breathing patterns, exhaled CO2 levels, skin temperature, sweat gland activity, and muscle tension. Feedback is displayed on a computer so that you and your practitioner can observe the shifts that occur with training.

How biofeedback can help you:

In a series of sessions, you will learn to regain a level of relaxed awareness amidst chronic or acute stress and to become more aware of and manage your own unique stress-response. By being aware of what happens internally, you will learn new skills to shift unhealthy patterns, break habits, and sustain the effects. Each biofeedback session is individually tailored and may include relaxation training, guided imagery or other therapies. It is particularly beneficial in helping you:

  • Manage anxiety and stress
  • Prepare for surgery and medical procedures
  • Enhance your meditation practice
  • Enhance cardiac health and help lower blood pressure
  • Manage gastrointestinal diagnoses
  • Manage headaches and TMD/TMJ (problems with the jaw)
  • Ease pain and other musculoskeletal problems

Currently we do not offer neurofeedback for ADD/ADHD or biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders at the Osher Center.

What the research is showing:

There have been over 150 studies reviewing the effectiveness of biofeedback to train for awareness and self-regulation. Biofeedback is often most effective when coupled with other adjunct trainings, such as relaxation or guided imagery.

Our certified Biofeedback Practitioner is:

Rates
Initial visit: $150
Follow-up visit: $100

Insurance
The Osher Center is not contracted with insurance companies for acupuncture treatments. Following the visit, we will provide you with documentation if you wish to seek reimbursement from your health insurer.

Appointments
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.


Resources/References:

Crider, A.B. & Glaros, A.G. (1999). A meta-analysis of EMG biofeedback treatment of temporomandibular disorders. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 13(1), 29-37.

Henderson, R.J., Hart, M.G., Lal, S.K., & Hunyor, S.N. (1998). The effect of home training with direct blood pressure biofeedback of hypertensives: A placebo-controlled study. Journal of Hypertension, 16(6), 771-78.

Nielson, W.R. & Weor. R. (2001). Biopsychosocial approaches to the treatment of chronic pain.Clinical Journal of Pain, 17, S114-S127.

Vasudeva, S., Claggett, A.L, Toetjen, G.E. & McGrady, A.V. (2003). Biofeedback-assisted relaxation in migraine headache: Relationship to cerebral blood flow velocity in the middle cerebral artery.Headache, 43(3), 245-50.

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