Biofeedback uses non-invasive sensors that collect data about what is going on in your body. If you've ever taken your temperature - you've done biofeedback! A high temperature hopefully resulted in a plan of action to get you well again - plenty of rest, fluids, and staying home from work or school. Using biological data, we can create a plan of action to meet treatment goals such as: more effective relaxation skills, reductions in anxiety and chronic pain, improvements in mood, better stress management, less muscle tension, better sleep, and many others.
“Body and mind are one, and the pursuit of health requires a holistic, biopsychosocial approach.” – Green and Shellenberger
“Look at stress as a challenge to strengthen the power of the heart. Through the heart, stress and anxiety can be intelligently transformed.” – Doc Childre
Biofeedback focuses on balancing the autonomic nervous system - a part of the nervous system that governs about 90% of an individual's automatic functions. These functions include things we don't normally feel in control of such as breathing, heart rate, skin sweat, muscle tension, and hand temperature. Learning how the body holds stress and then fine-tuning skills to target these areas often brings about symptom relief quickly and effectively. Biofeedback has been shown to be efficacious in treating a variety of diagnoses and difficulties including migraine, anxiety, hypertension, muscle pain (including TMJ, "tech neck" and shoulders, fibromyalgia, etc.)., insomnia, chronic stress, and Raynaud's disease.
I am Board Certified in Biofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA; www.bcia.org).
I currently provide both Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and thermal biofeedback remotely.