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Biofeedback

Biofeedback is the use of monitoring equipment to provide information on physiological changes in order to enable individuals to learn how to improve health and performance.

By providing quick, accurate feedback on activities such as heart function, breathing, brainwaves, muscle tension, and skin temperature, individuals can learn desired physiological changes without continued use of equipment.

I have found HeartMath (which focuses on heart-rate variability) and Resperate (which monitors breath rate) to be excellent types of user-friendly biofeedback for relaxation training, stress management, and meditation. The unique audio and visual feedback of the Interactive Metronome (an assessment tool and neuro-motor training program) has been very effective in improving attention, motor timing, cognitive processing speed, sport performance, and in reducing impulsivity.

Biofeedback’s concrete referencing of physical changes assists individuals in learning the relationship of thoughts, feelings and emotions on their physiology. It can also help identify physical holding patterns and irregularities, which impact health and well-being.

For additional information on biofeedback, contact the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback  (AAPB), Biofeedback Certification Institution of America (BCIA), or the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).