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Biofeedback As Therapy

Understanding Of Biofeedback


If a person suffering addiction learns to manage his reflective functions, for example, cardiac rate or breathing, he will feel stronger in his struggle.

Taking charge of your body and its operation is one way through which a person can get over the use of drugs and this is the whole concept of Biofeedback.

Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

This therapy aids the addicted person to understand how they respond to mental stimulations. After receiving the information medical professionals utilise the same to create a treatment plan which is tailored to the specific needs of the recovering addict.

It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

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. If the wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • When a person is tense, their muscles may also tense up and this exercise teaches them how to relax the muscles from one part of the body to the next.
  • Guided Affective Imagery
  • This is an exercise that is designed to help the mind and body to relax by focusing on images and situations that are positive and relaxing.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

EEQ treatment (another name "neurofeedback") is a subdivision of biofeedback medicine that aims at calming overstimulated brain. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.


This techniques helps people not to go back to the use of the drugs when they start the recovery process.

We can help you locate a Biofeedback treatment facility.


Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.

One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.

You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.

The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Assistance For Your Addiction Problem

Biofeedback therapy is offered by inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs and can assist in recovering addicts to get a better understanding of their treatment needs. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.

A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.