Heart rate variability biofeedback: how and why does it work?

March 9th, 2015

In recent years there has been substantial support for heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) as a treatment for a variety of disorders and for performance enhancement. Since conditions as widely varied as asthma and depression seem to respond to this form of cardiorespiratory feedback training, the issue of possible mechanisms becomes more salient. The most supported possible mechanism is the strengthening of homeostasis in the baroreceptor. Recently, the effect on the vagal afferent pathway to the frontal cortical areas has been proposed. In this article, we review these and other possible mechanisms that might explain the positive effects of HRVB.

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How Biofeedback Benefits Your Clients and Practice

June 9th, 2014

In this online event sponsored by Bio-Medical Instruments, Inc., Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB will provide an introduction to the use of biofeedback in clinical practice.

How Biofeedback Benefits Your Clients and Practice from Biofeedback Federation CIC on Vimeo.

Wall Street Journal Video Review of Inner Balance and Tinke

May 16th, 2013

How Emory University Counseling and Psychological Services’ Dana Wyner uses biofeedback

May 10th, 2013

We are often asked by counselors in counseling programs how they can incorporate biofeedback in to their counseling programs.  Helping students cope with stress and offering an avenue for counseling services is a very valuable commodity to any university and its student body. Dr Wyner and Emory University have an excellent counseling program at Emory and asked her Emorys’ model This is from the desk of Dr Wyner:

This is the core of the letter that I send to counseling center psychologists who ask me how we run our program… Read the rest of this entry »

Emory University Student Counseling Program Helping Students Cope with Stress

May 10th, 2013

Great article about the student counseling program at Emory University. See the full story below.

“As the calm and collected overseer of Eagles at Ease Stress Management Services, Dana Wyner ’04 PhD encourages her clients to take a mental mini holiday, go limp like JELL-O and feel snug as a bug in a rug.

Those practical lessons for relaxation on the go are particularly helpful during exam time, when nerves are frayed and performance anxieties go into overdrive.

The Student Counseling Center Stress Clinic, funded by Emory’s new mental health fee, sees more than 30 students each semester for issues such as test-taking anxiety, phobias, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, headaches and hypertension. Services include helping students develop a personalized toolbox of positive coping strategies, small group training in relaxation skills and biofeedback, and individualized therapy sessions.”

Read the full article at Emory.edu

FDA attempting to reclassify CES devices – unwarranted

April 10th, 2013

In August of 2011, we asked that practitioners and patients who use Alpha-Stim for CES purposes (i.e., anxiety, insomnia and/or depression) provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a letter stating how you use Alpha-Stim, how beneficial you find the device to be and if you believe it is safe. We were blown away by the support we received at that time. Since then we have been waiting for the FDA commissioner to rule on the comments FDA received from practitioners, the public and manufacturers of CES devices, as well as the reclassification petition we submitted, as we await a final classification ruling from FDA on CES devices. Read the rest of this entry »

What is BCIA? Why is BCIA Certificaion Important?

February 18th, 2013

What Is the Role of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)?

BCIA serves as the certification body for the clinical practice of biofeedback and neurofeedback, including Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. BCIA serves as the standard bearer for the fields of biofeedback and neurofeedback.  The BCIA mission statement is quite simple:

            BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in

            biofeedback and neurofeedback, and progressively recertifies those who

            advance their knowledge through continuing education.

 It is apparent from this mission statement that education and training should be the main focus for BCIA– and they are!  Where does the educational process start?

It all starts with the blueprints of knowledge.  BCIA’s Board of Directors has spent countless hours reviewing the science and the literature on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and self-regulation to ensure that the three blueprints carefully outline the fundamental science, history, and theory of the modalities and thus set templates for what every beginning clinician needs to know.  As the science and clinical efficacy literature have evolved, we have revised the blueprints to keep pace and to truly represent current best practice.

BCIA can only add information to our blueprints when efficacy has been scientifically established. We recommend that you read LaVaque and colleagues’ (2002) informative “Template for developing guidelines for the evaluation of the clinical efficacy of psychophysiological evaluations.” Additionally, the BCIA blueprints must be free of commercial bias. Once beginners can understand the accepted fundamental science, the same science as others who are certified, they are better able to review the field and make a good decision about various theories or equipment choices. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Started in Biofeedback/Taking it Seriously

January 23rd, 2013

Are you new to the field of biofeedback or wondering if it is right for you? Please take a moment to understand the importance of how you decide to conduct your professional practice in biofeedback. Biofeedback, in all of its forms, has reached a diverse audience of clinical practitioners including, but not limited to, psychology, neurology, counseling, social work, nursing, physical therapy, holistic work, and chiropractic, just to name a few. Additionally, there are more mental and physical health consumers that actively seek the potential benefits of biofeedback therapies. Research is also beginning to show wider pathological and wellness applications with successful outcomes. With such growth in the field combined with the great reward of watching patient success in short term therapies, it is without question why the number of biofeedback practitioners continues to grow.

I discovered biofeedback in the first semester of my doctoral program and have been involved since. With formal education in psychophysiology, a one year pre-doctoral internship working with autonomic dysregulatory disorders, and a leadership position on the Biofeedback Society of California, I am still weighed down by the complexities and sheer quantity of information and experience needed to truly understand the applications of clinical psychophysiology. Maybe it is simply my overdeveloped sense of academic and ethical standards of practice, yet I am discouraged when on occasion I meet practitioners who have been practicing for years and have never taken a formal class or supervised internship. It is easy to get in and little risk to get out. One can merely purchase equipment and try to get guidance from user manuals, blogs, and technical support. Furthermore, discussions with some of these individuals suggest that they are unfamiliar with how to analyze published research for statistically and clinically valid results. It is vital that all new practitioners take it upon themselves to learn appropriate methods of practice. Our field and your practice depend on it. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain-controlled devices may help paralyzed people

January 14th, 2013

(CNN) — Wouldn’t moving objects with your mind be fun? But the implications go deeper: For the millions of Americans who live with paralysis, mentally controlling artificial limbs and mobility devices would be a big step forward toward more independent living. Melody Moore Jackson, director of the BrainLab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is trying to make that happen.

Biofeedback now a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors By: SharpBrains

December 3rd, 2012

Prac­tice­Wise, the com­pany that main­tains the “Evidence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psycho-social Inter­ven­tions Chart” (see cur­rent edi­tion here) has just announced it will ele­vate biofeed­back to “Level 1 — Best Sup­port” as an inter­ven­tion for Atten­tion & Hyper­ac­tiv­ity Behav­iors in the next edi­tion. Work­ing Mem­ory Train­ing will stay at Level 2 — Good Sup­port. Stud­ies influ­enc­ing the deci­sion included: Read the rest of this entry »