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Biofeedback Therapy: Important Concepts and Biofeedback Signals

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Biofeedback refers to information provided rationally to a person about normally sub threshold bodily process, like heart rate blood pressure etc. The theory assumes that once these parameters are monitored an individual can be taught how to affect them positively by altering behavior. This fact is used to teach patients the procedure, which enables them to regulate the responses in natural environment. For example, biofeedback therapist can guide the client to lower blood pressure through relax…

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Biofeedback: Commonly Used Forms of Biofeedback Therapy and Steps in Biofeedback Therapy

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Commonly Used Forms of Biofeedback Therapy

  • Electromyography (EMG) : Measures muscle tension and is used to treat headache and tension
  • Thermal Biofeedback: Measures skin temperature and is used for migraine
  • Neuro-feedback or Electroencephalography (EEG) : Measures brain wave activity and is used to treat epilepsy

Steps in Biofeedback Therapy

  • Self-Management and Regulation: Control of response by having patient actively manipulate events that influence behavior which in turn influence biofeedback
  • Self-Control: Change in the response produced by the subject in absence of external…

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