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Biofeedback Treatment And Therapy

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 is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. The information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.


Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. The biological responses in the body of a person are then transmitted through the electronic sensors that are attached to the skin which give results in a medical device.


How Biofeedback Therapy Helps Treat Addiction Treatment

Biofeedback methods may help those addicts who try to recover get a better understanding of their spontaneous processes. 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 therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.


Some of the body functions that can be monitored are:

  • Breathing pace
  • Pulse rate
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Muscle activity

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 machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. If the pulsating light is fast the recovering addict is given the information that they need to use stress relieving techniques in order to lower their heart rate. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • Meditation
  • An exercise which is focused on the release of negative emotions and thoughts through peaceful concentration.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • This is an exercise in which recovering addicts focus on the release of tension in over tight muscles within the body concentrating on one muscle group at a time.
  • Creating Images In The Mind
  • This is an exercise which directs the thoughts of the recovering soothing, positive images and various scenarios to relax the mind and body.

Neurofeedback Therapy Treatment

EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. 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.

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Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.

The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

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

Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.

When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Locating Help To Get Past 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). This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. You will start your recovery today when you talk to a professional today, contact 0800 246 1509.