Biofeedback equipment is used to aid in learning total body relaxation. It is also used to gain control over aspects of physiological functioning which result in problems of tension and physical pain. The stress management aspects of the program include talking about how stress may influence emotional and physiological reactions in your life and learning how to cope effectively with the usual stressors in everyday life.
Many people feel that their lives are too hurried or fast-past, yet lack an understanding of what it means to slow down, relax, or "take it easy". You may feel a need to have more control over your life in this regard but not know how to take an occasional break from your fast-paced schedule. Learning to make time for yourself is a new kind of education. The ability to achieve states of deep relaxation, and the skill of reducing tension in many daily situations are personal resources which you may want to develop. You are not abnormal if you need training in order to relax. Learning to relax is like learning any other skill, we often need a coach to help in the learning process. Learning a new skill requires four conditions:
- The ability or potential to make the response.
- Motivation to learn.
- Positive reward for learning.
- Getting feedback on making the right response
Biofeedback facilitates learning by giving precise, immediate information about muscle tension, heart rate, etc., as a person attempts to relax. People are "stressed out" in ways that lead to:
- Physical symptoms.
- Feelings of tension and anxiety
- Performing tasks badly
- Bad habits, such as overeating, alcohol consumption, or smoking in an attempt to reduce stress.
- Difficulties in their relationships.
In addition to helping individuals with specific problems, our group is available for helping organizations in ways to enhance productivity, health, happiness, and quality of life. To this end we offer on-site training seminars, consultations, and lectures in the following areas:
- Stress Management
- Effective Communication
- Enhancing Self-Esteem
- Assertiveness Training
- Managing Difficult People
- Goal Setting and Visualization
- Peak Performance
- Reducing Anger, Aggravation and Type A Behavior
- Regaining Control of Your Life and Time
- Coping With Change
Making An Appointment
We see patients who refer themselves or are referred by a family member or friend, by their family physician, a community agency or other Cleveland Clinic personnel. To make an appointment or referral during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), please call: 216.444.6115 or 800.223.2273 ext. 446115.
Former Patients call: 216.444.5812 or 800.223.2273 ext. 45812
24-Hour Help Line
For 24-hour information and referral advice, please call 216.444.8739 or 800.223.2273 ext. 48739.