Biofeedback

Do you feel fatigued and overwhelmed, with a much lower threshold to deal with stress in your life?  Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of and learning to modulate your physiological responses such as muscle tension, temperature changes, sweat, respiratory rate and heart rate and rhythm.  This can be done using instruments that measure these signals.  In some cases the doctors at Conscious Human Medicine do biofeedback without the use of instruments.  The awareness along with the tools and techniques offered for your individualized case allow you to better learn the art of regulating your responses in stressful situations.  Consequently, by gaining the ability to self-regulate your physiology, you can impact your mood and state of being.  You will feel empowered to pause and not react the next time you are triggered.  Biofeedback will provide you with the opportunity to understand how you interpret the world around you and how you respond when faced with stressful stimuli.  Understanding these patterns is crucial to be able to sustainably change your responses to the stressors.

Biofeedback tools teach you how to strengthen your parasympathetic response and reduce your sympathetic response. Your parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for rest and digest, whereas your sympathetic nervous system is responsible for fight or flight. When we are under stress, it is the state of imbalance between your sympathetic and parasympathetic responses that often lead to unwanted symptoms like elevated blood pressure and increased heart rate, anxiety or nervousness and sweating.  When your parasympathetic nervous system is in balance with the sympathetic nervous system, it creates a favorable environment to feel calm, relaxed and better able to respond to stressful situations.

Biofeedback techniques can be used alone or in conjunction with other forms of treatment in addressing a variety of conditions such as anxiety, migraine and tension-type headaches, essential hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain disorders and more.  Whether you want to enhance your athletic or cognitive performance or you would like to address potential imbalances or other health concern, biofeedback practices can be an extremely valuable tool for you. 

"Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body.  Conversely, physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other." Candace Pert

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