What is biofeedback
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purpose of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feed back” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument. – Definition adopted by BCIA, AAPB, and ISNR (May 18, 2008).
Biofeedback (or neurofeedback as it is known in USA) is often called a self-regulation method. Biofeedback is possible thanks to brain’s plasticity which allows the patient to change its behaviours and routines, as well as fight fears, addictions, anxiety and stress.
During the biofeedback session, sensors are placed on the head – they measure the brainwaves and machine will then display the measurements on the screen.
The aim of biofeedback is for you to take control of your brain’s reactions and be able to manipulate these at will to help manage conditions such as stress, addiction, anxiety and fear. A qualified trainer helps you to learn self-regulation of your brain function in order to achieve your own personal well-being goal through being able to control processes including brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and even pain perception.
Biofeedback’s success rate is 85-95%. The technique has been used by army pilots, stressed out businessmen, tired journalists and actors who want to learn their role quicker.
Premier Biofeedback has more recently acquired a new generation machine manufactured by Colibri, which, thanks to its lack of wires, is extremely comfortable for patients to use and provides instant, accurate feedback to the client & clinician.