Biofeedback and Neurofeedback: Therapy and Healing Information

Author: Disabled World
Updated/Revised Date: 2024/04/28
Contents: Summary - Definition - Introduction - Main - Subtopics - Publications

Synopsis: Information on Biofeedback and Neurofeedback alternative medicines for healing that involves measuring a person's quantifiable bodily functions. With biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). Neurofeedback is commonly provided using video or sound, with positive feedback for desired brain activity and negative feedback for brain activity that is undesirable.

Introduction

Biofeedback is a form of alternative medicine that involves measuring a subject's quantifiable bodily functions such as skin temperature, sweat gland activity, blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension, conveying the information to the patient in real-time. This raises the patient's awareness and conscious control of their unconscious physiological activities.

Main Document

Neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback treatment, has become a popular treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); electromyogram biofeedback, used for muscle tension, has been widely studied and is currently accepted as a treatment for incontinence disorders. The role of biofeedback in controlling hypertension is also becoming recognized.

Neurofeedback, also called neurotherapy, neurobiofeedback or EEG biofeedback (EEGBF) is a therapy technique that presents the user with real-time feedback on brainwave activity, as measured by sensors on the scalp, typically in the form of a video display, sound, or vibration.

Other areas where neurofeedback has been researched include treatment of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, OCD, learning disabilities, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, anger and rage, cognitive impairment, migraines, headaches, chronic pain, autism spectrum disorders, sleep dysregulation, PTSD and MTBI.

Word cloud featuring meditation type words arranged in the approximate shape of the human brain.
Word cloud featuring meditation type words arranged in the approximate shape of the human brain.

Feedback Techniques

The three most commonly used forms of feedback techniques that are available are:

Usually it is temperature, heart rate or neurological frequencies that is the input to feedback devices. An electromyograph, or EMG, is one of the most commonly used modalities in biofeedback treatment. An EMG in a biofeedback setting typically uses electrodes to measure muscle action potentials. These action potentials result in muscle tension. The patient can learn to recognize the way tension subjectively feels by using the objective EMG readings, and as a result learn to control the muscle tension.

Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Quick Facts

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