Biofeedback is an easy-to-learn form of psychological intervention which can help a wide variety of people ease pain, lower stress, improve sleep, and manage difficult feelings. Biofeedback is simple enough for children and people not otherwise comfortable with technology to learn.
Biofeedback is based on the principle of measuring a physical function that can change over time, such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and even brain-wave activity, to provide clear information about those changes to a person so that he or she can learn to make adjustments that otherwise are very difficult or even impossible.
Widely used in the prevention and management of headaches, to improve sleep, to ease muscular tensions, and to help people to manage strong anger, rage, anxiety, and even panic attacks, biofeedback has a long and scientifically-validated history of effectiveness. Biofeedback can be used as a principle, stand-alone form of help (and often is used this way), or as an adjunct to traditional counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy.
Headache Prevention and Management
Biofeedback is often clinically indicated when, because of headaches, quality of life has been diminished. For example, when headaches contribute to children’s missing school, teenagers’ withdrawing from their usual activities, and adults’ having difficulty functioning at work or in home duties, then biofeedback can help to prevent additional headaches and reduce the severity of headaches when they occur. This is especially important when the headaches have contributed to relationship or family tensions, or depression/anxiety in the headache sufferer.
Biofeedback is also effective for the treatment of:
- Insomnia relief
- Stress management
- Panic/anxiety management
- Anger management
- Smoking cessation
Because headaches, stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties and even anger can cause one another and be exacerbated by one another, biofeedback is an uncommonly efficient way to help people to help themselves to reduce the negative effects of each one.
Biofeedback at Lifeworks
Lifeworks’ practitioners use biofeedback to help many people who have one or more of these conditions to learn to relax, to relax more fully and effectively, to “turn off” the escalating panic or anger spiral, and to establish more restorative sleep. And, because we use biofeedback procedures that are portable and discrete, our patients can use these techniques at home and in their work environments. And, because this type of help can be practiced and used outside the office daily, our patients generally find that only a few office sessions of training and monitoring can provide real results.
Call us for a free phone consultation to help decide if biofeedback might help you.