Understanding Of Biofeedback
Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.
Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.
Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. 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.
The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.
It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are
- Breathing pace
- Heart pumping rate
- Bodily temperature
- Blood pressure
- Contraction of muscles
When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Biofeedback may help cope with such frequent sufferings from drug quitting as depression, restlessness, anxiety and incessant pain in muscles.
Biofeedback machine registers physiological functions and then exhibits them to the addict. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.
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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
- Guided Affective Imagery
- Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.
Neurofeedback As A Therapy
EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. 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.
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Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction
A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.
On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.
Biofeedback as well as neurofeedback treatment provide patients with psychological benefit for their struggle against addiction.
A recovering user will be able to feel like they are more in control of their body when they understand how the use of drugs affects their minds and bodies and what they can do to counter these effects.
When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. The following three are just a few of mental problems obsessive compulsive disorder (known as OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Locating Help To Get Past Addiction
Off-site and on-site recovery schemes containing biofeedback medicine may be helpful for the addicts in determining their treatment requirements. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.
Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 246 1509 and begin your recovery from now.