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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

Knowledge Of Biofeedback


Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.

Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.

Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. The information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.


The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.


Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment

Biofeedback methods may help those addicts who try to recover get a better understanding of their spontaneous processes. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.


Biofeedback medicine allows to track such unconscious bodily activities as:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Muscle contractions

Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. The rate of blood pumping by the heart will determine the speed of the pulse on this machine.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • A technique that helps a recovering patient concentrate on relaxing tense muscles, but only one separate portion on muscles at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction

Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.

Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.

Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.

One of the proven ways of getting rid of an addiction is through biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques.

Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. The following three are just a few of mental problems: obsessive compulsive disorder (known as OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Locating Help To Get Past Addiction

There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.