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Biofeedback Therapy And Treatment

Knowledge 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.

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

This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. 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.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.


Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment

This therapy aids the addicted person to understand how they respond to mental stimulations. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Biofeedback medicine allows to track such unconscious bodily activities as:

  • Breathing rhythm
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Skin coldness level
  • Blood pressure level
  • Sweating
  • Muscle activity

Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. The patient needs to be calm and relax when the pulse on the machine shows that the heart rate is faster than normal. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • This involves the patient letting go of depressing thoughts and feelings and allowing themselves to think pleasant and good thoughts that produce a nice feeling.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction

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.

Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. 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.

When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an addiction.

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.

Biofeedback therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, OCD and Post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental problems that can be helped using this method.


Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction

There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.