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What Does Biofeedback Mean


When trying to stay clean, it can help to be able to control body functions that we consider involuntary such as how fast we breathe or our pulse rate.

The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. Because the body behaves in certain ways when under stress such as during withdrawal or when experiencing cravings, this information can help the patient to effectively use various methods to relax.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. After receiving the information medical professionals utilise the same to create a treatment plan which is tailored to the specific needs of the recovering addict.

There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Some of the body functions that can be monitored are

  • Breathing
  • Heartbeat rhythm
  • Skin coldness level
  • Blood pressure
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.

The patient can read for themselves the results produced by the Biofeedback machines. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. If the wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. The rate of blood pumping by the heart will determine the speed of the pulse on this machine.


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Biofeedback Treatment Practices

  • Meditation
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • 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
  • One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.

Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq Therapy

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.

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 smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. 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.

A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.

You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.

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).


Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction

There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.