Biofeedback

Train your body and your brain for optimal regulation and resilience

Biofeedback is a powerful mind-body tool that trains your body in self-regulation, or the ability to produce the optimal amount of physiological activation you need to meet the challenge in front of you and then recover fully once the challenge is over. Biofeedback instruments measure your heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, muscle tension, finger temperature, and skin conductance. These measurements are done from the surface of your skin and are not invasive or painful. Biofeedback serves as a guide for your training, it does not do anything to you.

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We start with a comprehensive biofeedback assessment which tells us how your body functions at baseline, how it responds to challenges, and how it recovers. Using this information, we formulate a treatment plan that addresses your specific issue and improves overall self-regulation. We then use signals from your own body displayed on the computer screen in real-time to produce helpful changes in your physiological responses.

The first step in biofeedback training is increasing awareness of the signals from your own body. With greater awareness, you are able to recognize when your body may not be functioning at its best so that you can take steps to correct it. The second step is knowing what kind of action to take when you first become aware of a problem. Your therapist will help you use real-time feedback on the computer screen to figure out a response most helpful to you.

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Muscle tension in the shoulders while working at the computer

For example, if you suffer from headaches and tend to spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen, you may learn that muscle tension starts building when you slouch and your shoulders inch upward while working at the computer. You will learn to recognize the early stages of muscle tension so that you can catch it and make changes before a headache sets in. With the help of your therapist and real-time feedback on the computer screen, you will learn how to reduce tension when you notice it and how to correct your posture at the computer to reduce tension before it even starts. This training will help you reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.

Biofeedback has been scientifically shown to be an effective treatment for many psychologically and medically-based conditions, such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and PTSD, chronic pain, tension and migraine headaches, high blood pressure, asthma, Raynaud’s disease, repetitive strain injury (RSI), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD).

Biofeedback is also an excellent tool in training performance excellence for athletes, musicians, lawyers, executives, managers, finance professionals, scientists, and other professionals. Biofeedback training helps you hone your ability to regulate your emotional and physiological activation in challenging situations, improve your ability to make decisions and solve problems under pressure, increase endurance, resilience, and ultimately, achieve better results in your professional, artistic, or athletic arena.

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Biofeedback is the right choice for you if you are interested in:

  • Taking charge of your body and your own treatment

  • Improving your self-regulation and resilience

  • Improving your ability to respond to challenging situations

  • Reducing unpleasant symptoms

  • Reducing, and possibly eliminating, your need for medication

  • Alleviating conditions that have not responded to medication

  • Decreasing your overall medical costs for chronic medical conditions

  • Improving your professional, artistic, or athletic performance

 

With continued home practice, biofeedback remains effective long after you stop the treatment. Many people retain their skills for life and require only occasional refresher sessions.

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Our Team

Boston Center for Health Psychology and Biofeedback was founded by Dr. Inna Khazan, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of biofeedback and mindfulness. Our talented and dedicated team now also includes Jenae Spencer, LMHC, an experienced therapist and trauma specialist.

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Our Services

Our therapists provide treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, trauma, chronic pain and other medically related conditions. We also help our clients effectively navigate challenges that come along with relationships, life changes, work-related stress, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting, as well as with general life issues.

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Books and Audio

Take a look at our free meditation audio recordings and helpful books.

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