Biofeedback has become a generalized term for many different types of therapies. But simply Biofeedback is a tool. A tool that will allow the client to see their individual phsyiology in real time. This is referred to as traditional biofeedback which refers to the electromyography (EMG) of the body. EMG Biofeedback works to educate clients of the subjective units of stress through instrumentation and understand of such states through the instrumentation. Thus providing an individual just like you with increases understanding of what your body is telling you about your stress level. How can this help you? Biofeedback helps to bring awareness and insight into many of the body sensations, teaching you to have greater control of your somatic symptoms.
The above is a screen shot of a session where an individual is not engaged in any attempt to control the body’s responses. This screen demonstrates and individual with high stress.
The above image is after a biofeedback session and it the HRV is much more rhythmic and balanced, thus creating a relaxed and focused state of being. Coherance is at 100% in the green box as compared to 64% in the first screen.
WPHC believes that research supported and time-proven tools such as Neurofeedback will empower individuals to reach their potiential. Empowerment allows an individual to be able to learn or gain the skills to support self-regulate and in turn reduce stress levels. The connection between stress and health is at the forefront of science. As generational patterns are shifting so are lifestyles. Thus research is reporting such increases in the lives of Americans. Now more than ever it is even more essential to focus on understanding relationship between the mind and body. WPHC uses biofeedback and neurofeedback as two primary tools to help assist with client’s assesments.
BIOFEEDBACK: HEART RATE VARIABILITY
Heart Rate Variability training is another form of Biofeedback offered at WPHC. Clients at WPHC often state how much they enjoy Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV training is the Pattern of Your Heart’s Biorhythms. HRV sets out to link the biorhythms of the heart and the brain. When your heart and brain rhythms are rhythmic, balanced, and harmonous you feel great. When your heart rhythms are erratic you feel stress and frustration. Learning to change your own heart rhythms is one of the great practices you can learn to improve the quality of your health, your heart, and your life. New research supports that HRV will help to boost your immune system. Here is a Link To a short Heart Math Video.
Neurofeedback is exercise for your brain! You can think of neurofeedback as taking your brain to the gym. Your brain is made up of many different networks and organs. Through this functions is the electrical activity of the brain. Through your brain’s electrical activity function, connectivity, and other aspects can be measured. Through your brain’s electrical function the brain’s function will be exhibited (i.e. thinking patterns, mood, movement,memory, and functionality). As you can train your physical body, you also need to train your brain. Training your brain can help you with to focus, concentrate, and general mental wellness.
Neurofeedback begins with a brain map of the electrical connectivity of the brain. The image above is a sample of page 3 of the brain map. After the brain map is complete, individualized training sessions tailored from the map are created for the client’s personal needs. The training sessions allow the trainee to watch video’s or play games based on the individual’s brain performance. This allows for realtime understanding of how the person is improving through training. WPHC offers several different modialities of training. To learn more about WPHC’s neurofeedback program call the office. To see more about NFT click on the Neurofeedback tab. If you have never heard of NFT you can also learn more at isnr.net.
Why Are People Turning to Neurofeedback? The patient needs more help than traditions mean often offer. Most experienced clinicians are well aware of the limitations of medications and psychotherapy. But what are their options? Neurofeedback, also known as neurotherapy is not strange, and it’s not new. Few clinicians are aware of neurotherapy and how far it has advanced. Once they hear about it and start to look into it further, they will often say that it made sense to offer it to their clients.
Many clinicians claim that the idea that you can train the brain and improve self-regulation through neurotherapy simply makes sense. So how does a clinician help the client change the brain? Meditation, yoga, or deep breathing sometimes help. But many of the problems patients bring need supplemental interventions. Neurotherapy helps an individual learn to regulate their brain by increasing certain activity and decreasing other activity.
Seeing someone experience a change rapidly that cannot be explained any other way never fails to amaze. The brain can shift states very quickly. As an example, in many training courses we’ve observed, by the end of several days of training, 80+% of attendees have noticed clear, significant changes in state. Changes influence sleep, mood, alertness, or attention. For some clients, changes – often quite unexpected changes – occur in minutes. Experienced clinicians quickly note these unexpected changes cannot be placebo, and can only be explained by the training. NOTE: Ten or more training sessions, depending on the severity of the client’s condition, are needed before any short-term transitory changes can be expected to hold. Sometimes it maybe more or less, but we work to achieve the result as quickly and efficiently as possible. Often times using standardize testing to demonstrate the brains ability to change, then addressing the changing of negative habits and patterns.
Many clinicians enter this field because someone they know has had a dramatic experience with neurofeedback. Often times this success is simply too life-changing to dismiss. It could be chronic depression that’s no longer chronic. Or perhaps a very out-of-control child who has more calm and begins making better grades. But what’s especially compelling about neurotherapy successes is that the changes tend to sustain over time.
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