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What is Biofeedback, and How Does it Help Mental Health?

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Definition of biofeedback and an explanation of how biofeedback works to improve mental health. But how effective is it? Find out on HealthyPlace.

What is Biofeedback, and How Does it Help Mental Health?

Biofeedback is a physical and mental health treatment approach in which people learn how to tune into their natural mind-body connection in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Not only do people become more aware of their inner workings, through biofeedback people can even come to control functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and even brainwaves that are otherwise involuntary.

Biofeedback is a process that someone does with a trained doctor or other qualified practitioner. Different types of biofeedback target different parts of the body, such as muscle tension, skin temperature, and brain waves. Biofeedback involving awareness and control of brain waves is used for treating many mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more.

This treatment is non-invasive and does not involve the use of medication. For mental health conditions, electroencephalogram (EEG) procedures are commonly used (Natural Alternatives: EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback). Small electrodes are attached to the head to read brain waves, and patients learn how to positively affect brain activity.

Research into the effectiveness of biofeedback is mixed; some studies show that it helps, while other studies report that it has minimal effect. If it interests you, you might consider starting a conversation with your doctor.

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Last Updated: 31 May 2017
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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