What Is Biofeedback
When trying to stay clean, it can help to be able to control body functions that we consider involuntary such as how fast we breathe or our pulse rate.
Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.
Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. The information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.
In the course of biofeedback, special sensors are put on the person's skin. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.
Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment
This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.
Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are
- Breathing rhythm
- Heart pumping rate
- Bodily temperature
- Blood pressure
- Muscle contractions
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 patient can read for themselves the results produced by the Biofeedback machines. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. If the pulsating light is fast the recovering addict is given the information that they need to use stress relieving techniques in order to lower their heart rate. The light pulsation or picture on the monitor will become slower in accordance with slower heartbeat rhythm.
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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
- Progressive Relaxation Of Muscles
- A technique that helps a recovering patient concentrate on relaxing tense muscles, but only one separate portion on muscles at a time.
- Guided Imagery
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
Methods Of Neurofeedback 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. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.
This techniques helps people not to go back to the use of the drugs when they start the recovery process.
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Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods
Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.
On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.
This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.
A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.
Patient have better control over their healing process when they understand how addiction affects their physique and spirit, and what can be done to change the consequences.
When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Locating Help To Get Past Addiction
If you are a recovering user, you can understand better what you need in terms of treatment when you're in a treatment program that provides biofeedback therapy. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.
A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 772 3971.