What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a treatment that teaches a person to change how the body functions. The treatment is meant to improve health and the body’s performance. Precise instruments measure activities in the body such as breathing, heart function, and muscle activity. Instruments quickly and accurately “feed back” information to the person. Often, changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior influence desired changes in the body. Such changes can continue on with time and practice, even if no instrument is used.

What are the types of biofeedback?

There are several types of biofeedback. They are:

  • Respiration (breathing)
  • Heart rate, or heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Peripheral temperature
  • Electrodermal activity (skin sweat)
  • Muscular biofeedback, both Static and Dynamic Surface Electromyography(sEMG)
  • EEG or neurofeedback.

Your treatment provider can help determine which type is right for you.

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