Biofeedback is a very unique process. It is not based on the conventional medical model, which is to diagnose and treat diseases and symptoms. Biofeedback works because it is based on a model of wholism. It is a way of helping the body to self-regulate. It is a technique or method that measures information in the body. This information then can be used to assist the body to better self-regulate, which in turn reduces stress. With reduced stress comes greater health. What is interesting is that according to WebMD, researchers do not know how or why biofeedback works. All that they do know is that it helps affect a number of conditions in the body in part because it reduces stress. It is hard for them to comprehend how it works because the models they are using only think in parts and pieces vs. the body as a whole.
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) defines biofeedback in the following way.
“Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes 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."
With the advancements in technology there are new instruments that have been developed which allow us to scan the whole body and gather information about how it is functioning. This information can then be “feed back” to the person to assist their bodies in better self-regulation. I use two biofeedback devicesin my practice: CyberScan and Metatron. These and similar technologies are ushering in a way in which we can use biofeedback to better our health.
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