What Is Biofeedback
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.
Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.
Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. This data allows them to apply proper loosened exercise to see how physical body reacts to difficult conditions, for example, quitting and strong desire for drugs.
The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.
Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.
Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are
- Heartbeat rhythm
- Skin temperature
- Blood pressure
- Muscle contractions
Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.
The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.
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Biofeedback Treatment Practices
- A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
- Muscle Relaxation
- A technique that helps a recovering patient concentrate on relaxing tense muscles, but only one separate portion on muscles at a time.
- Creating Images In The Mind
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
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. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. Relapses can easily be triggered by emotional problems such as anxiousness and depression and these can all be caused by irregular brain patterns. Neurofeedback is just a subset of biofeedback, which can help restore the brain waves back to a healthy condition as they were before the addiction.
Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.
If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.
Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction
Doctors who choose biofeedback approach normally use special appliances. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.
On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
The therapy is not invasive. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.
One of the proven ways of getting rid of an addiction is through biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques.
You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.
When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, OCD and Post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental problems that can be helped using this method.
Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction
There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.
A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.