Our bodies are incredible. Working on their own in millions of ways every second to make sure we not only stay alive but thrive in our environment. Your heart beating. Your brain synapses firing. Your very breath continues even when you are asleep. When understanding biofeedback, your breath actually a good place to start.
It is automatic. Yes. But you can also control it. Hold your breath. Breath quickly. Breathe slowly. This is part of your body that you control. Interestingly, research shows that your breath can play a role in affecting certain aspects of your physicality—and your psychology.
This is, essentially, the building block of biofeedback therapy. It is where we begin to control our autonomic functions to benefit mental health and our lives.
It is not a medication. It is more of a process where a therapist helps patients control normally involuntary functions, such as muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and more. It’s a mind-body technique that involves helping people identify signs of issues, such as anxiety and stress and giving you the tool to affect them in a positive way.
As you become more aware of these symptoms, you can place yourself in a better position to handle them and cope better with severe anxiety or stress.
During your biofeedback session, your therapist may use various sensors to help monitor bodily functions, such as sweat levels, heart rates, brain activity, and body temperature. Using these sensors, they can identify how you generally respond to certain stimuli and discover various ways you can manage them.
Biofeedback has been found effective in a variety of situations. From physical ailments such as chronic pain, urinary incontinence, high blood pressure, tension headache, and migraine headaches. To what can be classified as mental health disorders such as ADHD, trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression and even addiction.
As an illustration, people struggling with anxiety often have symptoms, such as increased muscle tension and rapid breathing. Unfortunately, they often focus on their stress levels and ignore the signs making their anxiety worse.
On the other hand, with biofeedback Newport Beach on your side, you can quickly identify any of these symptoms and work on ways to manage them.
Rapid breathing when you are anxious might feel like a consequence, but as you move forward in biofeedback you begin to understand that the relationship is more complex. Once you get anxious, you can use a breathing exercise to help get your breath and anxiety back under control.
Biofeedback is an excellent technique for helping identify these changes in our bodies and managing them as they happen.
Biofeedback might be covered by insurance. The difficulty with mental health treatment and insurance costs is that coverage varies based on the plan available. Again, it might be. Or at least a percentage of it. At Lido Wellness, biofeedback is typically a part of the whole. Meaning, that it is used to complement other forms of treatment such as CBT and DBT. EMDR or even somatic experiencing might be part of the overall treatment plan.
As is often the case with financial planning for mental health treatment, the best route is to talk to someone who understands both the treatment world and the insurance options. If you call us, you will be in touch with someone who can simply answer your questions and give you suggestions for the best direction forward.
The core idea that guides this therapeutic technique is using the mind to become more conscious of what happens in the body. Once your therapist discovers the various symptoms that act as a prelude to your issue, you can focus on becoming more aware of them as they happen.
If you are in the Southern California area, you might be close enough to schedule a consultation with Lido Wellness. We are in beautiful Newport Beach. In Addition to biofeedback, we offer neurofeedback with individual outpatient options, as well as an in-house mental health living option. Call us today or fill out the form below, and one of our specialists will get back to you right away.
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