Take Control of Your Stress and Your Health
Stress, anxiety, chronic pain and trauma can be debilitating and dangerous for our health and social/emotional wellbeing.
Of the practical, intentional modalities available to address and resolve these issues, Biofeedback offers a unique and powerful way to understand and take control of your body’s pain and stress centers, and reduce the effects these have on your overall health and wellness.
Biofeedback Therapy helps you harness the power of your mind, become more aware of what's going on inside your body, and provide you with tools and techniques to gain more control over your physical and emotional health.
Did you know that…
U.S. soldiers returning from war now use biofeedback to help deal with post-traumatic stress disorder?
People suffering from chronic pain often find relief in biofeedback?
Athletes are using biofeedback to gain better control over their bodies, and increase their abilities on the field?
Biofeedback therapy has joined mainstream practices to treat pain, anxiety and so much more including:
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Spinal Cord Injuries
What is Biofeedback?
You can think of Biofeedback as you would any positive feedback loop. The therapy provides you with the essential biological information necessary to understand how your body is functioning (your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, breathing, muscle contraction), and then harnesses that information through specialized techniques to help you make conscious, subtle changes in your body. By relaxing certain muscles or slowing your breathing, you can achieve a whole host of positive emotional and physical outcomes including reducing pain and tension.
In essence, biofeedback gives you the ability to practice new ways of controlling your body, often to improve a health condition or physical performance.
What is EPR Biofeedback?
EPR or Electro-Physiological Reactivity allows us to measure much more subtle properties and reactions our bodies exhibit when provoked by stress or other inputs, both beneficial and potentially harmful.
Stress can be caused by serious illness or injury, financial concerns, social or professional anxiety, or relationship issues. Stress can also come from food and airborne allergens, pathogens, chemical toxicity, environmental factors, emotional and physical trauma, verbal queues, sounds, hereditary traits, thoughts, and attitudes. Some of these inputs may provoke positive physical impulses and reactions, but others, as we know, do not.
What Can You Expect From Your EPR Biofeedback Sessions?
During a session, you sit comfortably in a recliner or lie down on a massage table. Your practitioner connects your wrists, ankles and head to sensors and electrodes that are also connected to a computer. The sensors send electrical impulses from your body to the computer software which acts as a monitoring device, recording ‘real-time’ readings of internal body processes such as muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, and brain-wave activity.
You learn valuable information about how your body reacts to stress, and the effects the stress may be having on your body. With this information in hand, we discuss the specific areas of your body/mind that are in need of intentional, positive attention and stress reduction.
Next comes the best part. With this information in hand, we aim to feedback subtle, intentional changes to the stressed areas through deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and meditation. The nearly limitless combinations of innate techniques to control and recalibrate how your body reacts to stress allows you to learn ways to control these reactions, and ultimately manage your body’s stress response.
By this time, you may be asleep. The process is very relaxing!
While the biofeedback process is gentle and non-invasive, it is a powerful stress management technique that promotes relaxation and increases the body’s ability to heal itself as it is designed to do.
After each session, your practitioner will give you homework. Your personal practice and self-work will help you better control your physiological responses to stress, and identify the changes you need to make to return balance to your life.
How many sessions are needed?
Everyone is different. The program is tailored to fit your specific needs. Some people respond very quickly, especially those whose lifestyle choices are already aligned with good health, while others may need more time, education, training and support to help develop the tools and approaches that work best for them.
Generally speaking, the longer a client has held certain stress patterns, which are causing them pain or illness, the more sessions they may need to begin rebalancing or retraining those patterns and reactions.
Are there any risks associated with biofeedback?
No. Biofeedback is completely safe. No negative side effects have been reported.
Sherry is certified through the Natural Therapies Certification Board for Biofeedback.
"It used to be considered a very radical type of therapy, but what we have found is, as the years have gone by, it has become more and more mainstream. It now is considered part of regular medicine, actually."
– John Arena, Lead Psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.; Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia; President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
"Biofeedback is easily one of the most powerful and transformative tools for healing I have encountered in over 22 years of doing personal healing work. It has proven helpful for a variety of physical and emotional challenges." – Sara C.