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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

What Does Biofeedback Mean


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.

The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.

Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. 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.


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

Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.

It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heartbeat pace
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Muscle contractions

Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. 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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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback

  • Meditation
  • This involves the patient letting go of depressing thoughts and feelings and allowing themselves to think pleasant and good thoughts that produce a nice feeling.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • When a person is tense, their muscles may also tense up and this exercise teaches them how to relax the muscles from one part of the body to the next.
  • Guided Affective Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Neurofeedback Therapy Overview

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. Relapses can easily be triggered by emotional problems such as anxiousness and depression and these can all be caused by irregular brain patterns. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

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.

It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.

One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.

Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.

Getting a picture of how different body parts and functions are related and how they respond to addiction, knowing how to control those responses gives the addict the weapon needed to take control of their healing.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


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There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.