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Biofeedback Treatment And Therapy

What Does Biofeedback Mean


Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.

Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. This data allows them to apply proper loosened exercise to see how physical body reacts to difficult conditions, for example, quitting and strong desire for drugs.


The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. The biological responses in the body of a person are then transmitted through the electronic sensors that are attached to the skin which give results in a medical device.


Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing pace
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Contraction of muscles

When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.

The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. The patient needs to be calm and relax when the pulse on the machine shows that the heart rate is faster than normal. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • An exercise which is focused on the release of negative emotions and thoughts through peaceful concentration.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
  • Guided Imagery
  • This is an exercise which directs the thoughts of the recovering soothing, positive images and various scenarios to relax the mind and body.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback is just a subset of biofeedback, which can help restore the brain waves back to a healthy condition as they were before the addiction.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

Call us now to locate a treatment centre which can offer biofeedback therapy.


Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. An addict having not that severe form of addiction may require just 10 biofeedback treatments to show effective outcomes. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.

The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.

Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.

A recovering user will be able to feel like they are more in control of their body when they understand how the use of drugs affects their minds and bodies and what they can do to counter these effects.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction

There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.