What happens in biofeedback therapy?
The healthcare provider attaches sensors on the skin in specific locations to detect physiological signals. For example, heart rate can be detected with sensors are placed either on the chest or arms, as well as the fingertip or earlobe. Much like a doctor using a stethoscope, these sensors are non-invasive (placed on the skin, not in the skin). A screen lets the patient see how their body is functioning in real time. Using various strategies led by the healthcare provider, the patient can see how they can change these processes in their body. The goal of treatment may be to change the resting state of the body or to increase the patient’s control of bodily functions in specific situations.