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The Benefits of Biofeedback for Stress Management

September 29, 2015|Health Psychology

A few weeks ago, we posted about the new and rapidly growing psychological specialties of Behavioral Medicine & Health Psychology, which involve incorporating our emotional health into how we approach and manage our physical health. Today we’re going to take a closer look at one important element of Behavioral Medicine & Health Psychology: stress management. Biofeedback is a service offered at CPA that can help.

More than ever, 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 impact a number of medical and psychological conditions including:

  • Heart disease
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Pain conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma

Biofeedback is a non-invasive process that helps both client & clinician better understand how stress, negative emotions, and situational factors impact the body. These bodily changes are measured via sensors and are displayed on a computer monitor. It provides immediate feedback regarding the level of physical reactivity (such as heart rate or muscle tension) to stress. Learning to be aware of and to manage these reactions can help clients improve their health and resilience to stress.  By learning biofeedback strategies, clients can:

  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Increase energy level
  • Manage chronic pain
  • Decrease muscle tension and pain
  • Improve GI symptoms
  • Improve sleep quality

Interested in learning more?  Current clients can talk with their therapist to determine if biofeedback is appropriate. New clients can fill out a short intake form online at www.commpsych.com or call us at (617) 259-1895. One of our intake specialists will call back within 1-2 business days to discuss the desired services, confirm insurance, answer questions, and determine availability. This call will only take 8-15 minutes. We look forward to hearing from you. We’re here to help.Each training session typically lasts 45-60 minutes. The total number of biofeedback sessions varies depending on the specific concerns of the client. Although clients may begin to experience benefits early on, typically 8 to 12 sessions of biofeedback training are required. In addition, practicing the techniques at home and in daily life will facilitate learning and symptom reduction.

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