In today’s world, people are under extraordinary stress and pressure and this often has emotional and physical consequences. Stress reactions cause our bodies to release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can result in increased heart rate and blood pressure, and changes in our immune system, digestive system, or reproductive system. Prolonged exposure to these hormones can result in excessive wear and tear on the body and mind, often impacting a number of medical and psychological conditions including:
Biofeedback is a non-invasive process that helps you and your clinician better understand how stress, negative emotions, and situational factors impact your body. These bodily changes are measured via sensors and are displayed on a computer monitor that both you and your clinician can see. It provides immediate feedback regarding the level of physical reactivity (such as your heart rate or muscle tension) to stress. Learning to be aware of and to manage these reactions can help you to improve your health and resilience to stress. By learning biofeedback strategies, you will learn how to:
Each training session typically lasts 45 – 60 minutes. The total number of biofeedback sessions varies depending on the specific concerns of the client. Although you may begin to experience benefits early on, 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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