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Biofeedback is a technique in which people are trained to improve their health by learning to control certain internal bodily processes that normally occur involuntarily. These bodily processes can be measured with electrodes and the readings displayed on a computer monitor that both the participant and his or her practitioner can see. By watching an instrument giving continuous measurements of bodily functions, a client can experiment with different thoughts, feelings, breathing rates, stretches, and postures to improve their health.

Most people who benefit from biofeedback have conditions that are brought on or made worse by stress.

PRA focuses on providing biofeedback training in the following areas:

  • Headache management
  • Chronic pain management
  • Stress management
  • Digestive problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Raynauds syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • TMJ (Temporal mandibular joint disease)

 

Biofeedback is not an active form of treatment. Nothing is being done to you when you are hooked up to biofeedback equipment. It’s a training program designed to help a person develop the ability to control their autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This leads to improved control of their physiological reactions in the treatment of their disorders or distress.

Using biofeedback, you can learn to relax muscles and manage pain more effectively. Stress and pain frequently lead to an upper chest breathing pattern that is not as efficient or as relaxing as diaphragmatic breathing. Biofeedback can be used to teach diaphragmatic breathing, which can help you relax during the day and sleep better at night.

At PRA, we offer:

  • EMG training (Electromyography)
  • Temperature training
  • HRV (Heart rate variability training)
  • GSR training (Galvanic Skin Response)
  • EEG training (Neurofeedback or electroencephalography)

 

It is important for the participant to examine their day to day life and learn what may be contributing to their disorder or distress. Biofeedback training is most effective when a commitment is made to consistently practice biofeedback and/or relaxation exercises at home.

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If you would like to try Biofeedback services provided by PRA, you’ll need a referral from your healthcare provider. Reimbursement for biofeedback services varies across insurance providers; PRA will check your specific plan benefits before scheduling an appointment.