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Psychologist Laurence Miller provided an excellent way of explaining the concept of biofeedback in Psychology Today. Imagine playing a video game while blindfolded and wearing earplugs. Without some kind of feedback or guidance, you’d probably be pretty lousy and there’s little chance you’d learn how to play the game well. That’s similar to what happens in the human body.
The “bio” in biofeedback refers to imperceptible physiologic processes including blood pressure and heart rate. In biofeedback, special devices amplify these processes into perceptible tones that can be “fed back” to the patient. The signal can then help one detect and control the body’s functions.
Typically, a sensor is fastened to a muscle and a light or buzzer goes off when the muscle is tight. The objective is for the individual to find a state of relaxation that soothes the muscle and cause the biofeedback sensor to cease registering tension.
Cues controlled by biofeedback in addition to blood pressure and heart rate are muscle tension, skin temperature and perspiration. By signalling reductions in muscle tension, improving blood flow to the extremities, or reducing sweat gland activity, these techniques help people to relax. Certainly not everyone needs machinery to learn good relaxation techniques. But some people do find themselves caught up in it, learning relaxation faster when there is an objective clue. Engineers and others geared to mechanics and gimmicks are particularly suited to biofeedback.
A typical course of biofeedback runs 12 to 20 weeks, with a few follow-up sessions likely. After that, most can relax on their own without the machinery. Some, however, find that they want their own equipment for home use. The cost of the machinery varies. The cost of the training is similar to that of psychotherapy. But in many communities biofeedback courses are offered through hospitals for a fraction of that amount.

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