Simply put, our bodies are made up two types of nervous system; the first one is called the somatic nervous system and the second is called the autonomic nervous system. The somatic nervous system is responsible for all musculoskeletal movement and is voluntary in nature; for example, if you want to raise your hand to wave to somebody then you can because of the somatic nervous system and its associated reflex arch’s. The autonomic nervous system on the other hand is responsible for all involuntary bodily responses such as heart rate, breathing response, skin temperature and blood pressure. You do not think about breathing when you go to sleep at night because your breathing rate is controlled by your autonomic nervous system. The essence of the bio-feedback method is to help you to gain more control over these normally involuntary functions. Bio-feedback therapy may help prevent or treat conditions, including migraine headaches, chronic pain and high blood pressure. It has also been successfully used by athletes during competition to help control the “stress response”. For example, Olympic pistol shooters need to remain very calm and still by maintaining a regular and low heart rate during competition otherwise if the competition stress become too high the athlete may miss their target. The idea behind biofeedback is that, by harnessing the power of your mind and becoming aware of what’s going on internally, you can gain more control over your health and your ability to perform under pressure.
What can I expect from the session ?
During a biofeedback session, our practitioner may use electrodes and sensors that can be attached to your fingers. These electrodes and sensors are used to monitor your heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, sweating response, and muscle activity. Naturally,when you’re under stress, your autonomic bodily functions change, your heart rate may increase, your muscles may become tight, and your blood pressure may rise. Because the practitioner monitors the stress responses through the use of electrodesthe individual can then develop a better awareness surrounding their stress response.Our biofeedback practitioner will introduce strategies andmethods which help to induce the relaxation response which helps to fine-tune the autonomic nervous system. For example, you might use a relaxation technique to turn down the brainwaves that activate when you are stressed.
How many sessions will I need?
Sessions are typically 45 mins long. Most individuals will begin to see positive results after 8 sessions,however, some individuals may need many more sessions.