Your busy lifestyle doesn’t have to leave you chronically stressed, fatigued, sick, or in pain. Quality living is about creating a balance between stress and relaxation. One technique that can help you regain a sense of balance is biofeedback. Biofeedback helps in the reduction of stress related symptoms, helps you control chronic pain, and relieves insomnia by providing you with the ability to voluntarily trigger relaxation of your nervous system.
Most people who struggle with stress have forgotten what it feels like to be in a relaxed state. They recognize the high energy stressed state as normal and allow their nervous system to remain on hyper-speed. Over time this leads to muscle tension, fatigue, lowered immune response, disturbed sleep, pain, and many other symptoms of chronic stress. Biofeedback combined with techniques like deep breathing, meditation and visualization can retrain you to recognize a relaxed state and help you learn to voluntarily trigger the nervous system to stay in a relaxed state. The biofeedback equipment helps this training process by detecting small changes in physiological measures such as your skin temperature, heart rate, and respiration, and graphically represents these changes for you on a computer screen.
Benefits of Biofeedback
Biofeedback is helpful for a variety of symptoms and has been used to successfully treat these stress-related or stress-aggravated conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Panic attacks
- Chronic pain
Biofeedback is very popular because the treatment is entirely non-invasive and if you practice the techniques symptom relief can occur in as little as three biofeedback sessions.
Unlike using prescription medication, the biofeedback process relies upon your mindfulness and concentration to overcome chronic stress, pain, or insomnia. Biofeedback is often a recommended source of treatment for those that are unable to take medication, or for those that have not found relief from their condition through medical intervention alone. Biofeedback allows you to take control over your health, manage stress, and overcome your pain without becoming dependent upon an outside source for relief.
What to Expect
During the Biofeedback session, our specialist will connect you to computerized equipment using electrical sensors at different points on your body. These sensors work by monitoring very small changes in your body’s physiology. A biofeedback session usually lasts 45-50 minutes. The length of the individual session and the amount of sessions that you will need depends entirely upon the condition that you are hoping to treat, however many people find significant symptom relief in three to six sessions.
Kaiser Permanente members may want to check with their primary care physician to see if their condition warrants a referral as the fee structure is different for members with a referral. Members without a referral and Guests to Kaiser Permanente may schedule an appointment for $95.