Allied Psychophysiology
Lee Porter, MSN, NP, CNS
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Mindfulness and Neuroscience

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 brain waves, 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.

Biofeedback and has been shown to be an effective treatment for migraine and tension type headache, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress, high blood pressure, anxiety, and a number of other conditions.
Definition Approved May 18, 2008 by:
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)

Corporate executives, musicians, artists, and athletes, including many of the medal winners in the Olympics, have used biofeedback and neurofeedback to reach their peaks in competition and performance.

The mainstream of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners, as represented by the professional organizations that support this medical specialty, AAPB, BCIA, and ISNR, follow a standard of care based on scientific evidence that supports the use of particular biofeedback and neurofeedback methods, instruments, and claims of efficacy.

Biofeedback Facts:

• Biofeedback is a well established and accepted complementary health care treatment.

Biofeedback is a modality of treatment for functional disorders wherein physiological changes are monitored and transformed into simple auditory or visual information. Using biofeedback, the individual learns to self regulate the physiological changes.

• Biofeedback is a safe, effective and non-invasive procedure.

Biofeedback is used to treat such disorders as headache,  hypertension, anxiety and panic, attention deficit, functional gastro-intestinal and stress-related medical problems, post concussive syndrome, seizure disorders and stroke rehabilitation.

• Stress worsens chronic disease and costs untold millions of dollars in health care and lost time from work. Biofeedback provides training in the regulation of stress physiology, and helps patients manage their stress response.

• Because biofeedback is a multidisciplinary modality, it is used by a variety of behavioral health, rehabilitation, and medical providers.

• Biofeedback frequently enhances the effectiveness of other treatments by empowering patients to engage in their health and disease management. It is most commonly used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with other traditional medical therapies.

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