What Does Biofeedback Mean
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.
The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.
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.
In the course of biofeedback, special sensors are put on the person's skin. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.
Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation
Biofeedback methods may help those addicts who try to recover get a better understanding of their spontaneous processes. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
Many of our body responses are involuntary. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Breathing levels
- Heart rate
- Temperature of the skin
- Blood pressure
- Muscle contractions
These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. 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. 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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Biofeedback Treatment Practices
- Mindfulness Meditation
- This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
- 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 which directs the thoughts of the recovering soothing, positive images and various scenarios to relax the mind and body.
Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq Therapy
The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.
When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.
If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.
Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods
A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.
The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.
Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.
Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.
Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.
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).
Locating Help To Get Past Addiction
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. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.
You can get the combination of the therapies from the rehab facility that you visit. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.