What Does Biofeedback Help With?
Many of the symptoms or conditions we live with every day are simply physiological patterns formed over time which negatively affect our emotions, relationships, mood or even actions. The feeling of always being “on-edge” or anxiety, can be caused by poor breathing patterns. Headaches can be caused by constant muscle tension, and insomnia can be caused by a dysregulation in temperature. All of these are under your control. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or conditions, we can help.
Our Programs Have Shown to be Effective with:
- Chronic Pain
- Cardiac Issues
Communication through our nervous system is 98% electrical and only 2% chemical. Learning healthier patterns through self-regulation can have profound effects on your day-to-day life. Just as training your body increases strength and cardiovascular function, training your autonomic nervous system can strengthen your body’s ability to regulate itself, ward off stressors and function optimally whether you are peacefully sleeping or hard at work!
How is it Different at Carolina HealthSpan Institute?
Biofeedback is not the same everywhere. There are many different assessment tools, feedback technologies and techniques which do not achieve the same results with every individual or every condition. We have spent years researching and developing the most advanced combination of tools and therapies to get you to your goals in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
How Do I Get Started?
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Why does it work?
Communication through our nervous system is 98% electrical and only 2% chemical. Learning healthier patterns through self-regulation can have profound effects on your day-to-day life.
How does it work?
Just as training your body increases strength and cardiovascular function, training your autonomic nervous system can strengthen your body’s ability to regulate itself, ward off stressors and function optimally whether you are peacefully sleeping or hard at work.
How long does it last?
Once learned, the new, healthier, patterns become permanent in many cases. The brain learns how to control and regulate it’s important functions in a more efficient manner and likes to keep it that way.
Enables an individual to learn how to change their physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. We use instruments to measure physiological activity such as heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments accurately “feed back” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
For example, training your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) will involve measurement of both respiration and heart rate. You’ll learn to calm your system during both resting and stressful situations using computerized feedback. Training to improve your HRV can result in improved emotional control, mood, concentration, performance, stress management and decreased blood pressure. As well as decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Poor breathing results in anxiety, stress, panic attacks, shortness of breath and more. When you breathe properly and rhythmically, you are fine-tuning your cardiovascular system to function at its best. This allows you to balance your body’s natural adrenal rush during a stressful situation and benefits your overall health.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
HRV is the interval of time between heartbeats. The lack of variability is a sign of severe physiologic compromise. Research indicates decreased, or low, HRV is associated with mortality risk, decreased immune function, and stress. Low HRV can result from unhealthy and stressful emotional states that disrupt the hearts rhythms and begin a cascade of toxins into the body as well. High, or good, HRV is when the intervals between heartbeats vary. It reflects the hearts flexibility to respond or adapt to any demand placed upon it by the body/mind. It is associated with decreased cardiac risk, healthy immune system function, emotional balance/control, enhanced creativity and performance and an overall good health profile via autonomic nervous system balance.
HRV training can result in a host of benefits: improved emotional control, decreased blood pressure and improved stress management, improved mood, concentration, performance, and HRV directly influences your immune system.
Much like we can measure and train the brain’s electrical activity, we can do something similar with a muscle’s electrical activity. sEMG is a modality of biofeedback used in treatment of body tension, especially caused by stress, tension headaches, anxiety, pain, neuromuscular rehabilitation (e.g. stroke), and for improving bio-regulation for relaxation and calm.
Peripheral temperature training involves training an individual to voluntarily increase or decrease his/her temperature in the fingers and toes. Peripheral temperature training is a modality used extensively in the field of biofeedback as a treatment for chronic headaches, Raynaud’s, hypertension, decreased anxiety and stress response of the nervous system.
Improvement, Without the Side Effects
Biofeedback is a more specific and long-term treatment than medication. Medication may mask the symptoms, or provide temporary relief from a condition, but is does not treat the source of the problem in your physiology. Many medications also come with negative side effects including physiological and personality changes, sleep issues and addiction.
Biofeedback treats the root of the problem. Once positive changes are made, they tend to hold for the long-term.
Changing the Heart – Brain Connection
Our heart and our brain are constantly connected in a feedback loop, both monitoring eachother’s ability to function properly. A myriad of external and internal forces can throw this loop off balance, in-turn cascading toxins into the body. Biofeedback helps balance your autonomic nervous system. Which will help bring inner peace, calmness, appreciation and increased longevity to your life.
Ongoing Improvement Technology:
Stress is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today.
The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the variation in time interval between heartbeats. Low HRV is related to heart disease, stress and may be a predictor for future cardiac issues. Through our training methods and the use of HeartMath technology, we are able to teach you to balance your heart rate variability in-house and on the go.
We encourage individuals to use the HeartMath and InnerBalance technology outside the office for continued improvement and management of stressors. Call us to learn more!
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