What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback in action

Biofeedback is a  technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies.

Chances are you have used biofeedback yourself. You’ve used it if you have ever taken your temperature or stepped on a scale. The thermometer tells you whether you’re running a fever, the scale whether you’ve gained weight. Both devices “feed back” information about your body’s condition. Armed with this information, you can take steps you’ve learned to improve the condition. When you’re running a fever, you go to bed and drink plenty of fluids. When you’ve gained weight, you resolve to eat less and sometimes you do.

Biofeedback machines work in somewhat the same way that you rely on your scale or thermometer.

For example, Quantum Biofeedback is a computerized method of interface with the body that detects stressors within the body, and then emits programmed frequencies of harmonious balanced patterns back to the body.

With a head harness and wrist and ankle straps, the fully clothed client is attached to the biofeedback system which acts like a computerized scanner. The computer simply records signals from the body and represents them on the screen. The evoked signals are determined by the trained practitioner to be in or out of balance – indicating stressors. Electromagnetic waveforms then stimulate the body by providing more balanced patterns.

During the testing/assessment phase, a client’s reaction is measured in response to nearly 7,000 separate frequencies representing items in 39 separate categories. This process takes approximately 4 to 7 minutes depending upon the speed of the computer. The computer calculates an average value of response between 0 and 2000, which results in a list defining the individual’s reactions or stress potentials. The greatest energy disturbances will be recorded and displayed at the top of the list. Each substance that is tested has its own distinctive, complex waveform, which is graphically viewed and represented by a unique fractal image.

The measurement made by the Biofeedback System is based upon the relationship between “action & reaction” by applying a challenge to the patient (“action”) and measuring the reaction  of the human body as it answers the challenge (“reaction”).

Applied Biofeedback can therefore be considered a process of training as opposed to a treatment.