Biofeedback Training & Stress Management Counseling in Boston & Newton, MA
In today's world, people are under extraordinary stress and pressure, which often has emotional and physical consequences. Stress reactions cause our bodies to release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, resulting in increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream, and alteration of our immune system, digestive system and reproductive system. Prolonged exposure to these hormones can result in excessive wear and tear on the body and mind, often leading to a number of medical and psychological conditions including:
What is Biofeedback Therapy?
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Pain conditions
- Digestive problems
- Depression & anxiety
- Overeating & obesity
- Reproductive problems
- Memory & concentration problems
Biofeedback is a non-invasive intervention that helps you and your clinician better understand how stress, negative emotions, and situational factors impact your body. These bodily changes are measured via electrodes and are displayed on a computer monitor that both you and your clinician can see. It provides immediate feedback regarding the level of reactivity in your body such as your heart rate. Learning to control these functions can help you to improve your health and stress hardiness.
You will be taught how to use this information to gain better control over your reactivity and involuntary physiological responses that exacerbate pain, stress, and many medical and psychological conditions. By learning biofeedback strategies, you will learn how to:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Decrease muscle tension and pain
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Improve mood by regulating negative thoughts
- Increase your energy level
- Improve your quality of sleep
- Manage chronic pain
Each training session typically lasts 60 - 90 minutes. The total number of biofeedback sessions varies depending on the specific condition being treated. You may begin to experience benefits as soon as the first training session, although typically 8 to 10 sessions of biofeedback training are required. In addition, practicing the techniques at home and in your daily life will facilitate learning and symptom reduction.
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