Fight or Flight Response
Stress can trigger the body’s response to perceived threat or anger, the fight or flight response. During this reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups, and changing various other autonomic nervous functions, giving the body a burst of energy and strength. Originally named for its ability to enable us to physically fight or run away when faced with danger, it’s now activated in situations where neither response is appropriate, like in traffic or during a stressful day at work. When the perceived threat is gone, systems are designed to return to normal function via the relaxation response, but in times of chronic stress, this often doesn’t happen, causing damage to the body if stress is not reduced and managed.
Common physiological changes resulting from stress reactions include:
Biofeedback can measure factors of the body electric such as the voltage of the firing brain cells, the amperage of the heart muscle contractions, the voltage of the muscles and the resistance to the flow of electricity of the skin. We can measure the oscillations of these factors and as seen by the EEG, ECG, EMG and GSR. The same technological theories that brought us biofeedback in the 1960’s, have also brought devices like the CAT Scan, MRI, TENS, ultra-sound, and many other sophisticated technologies to our healthcare systems. The information measured with a biofeedback device is then “fed-back” to the client, informing them of various physiological parameters and stress responses within the body, and educating them about the need to retrain their body’s stress responses, balance the body electric, make lifestyle changes or learn to control physiological reactions, in order to achieve improved relaxation and better health overall.
A: Everyone can benefit from biofeedback. Most people report biofeedback sessions to be relaxing, soothing and beneficial. It incorporates some of the best elements of electro-medicine, vibrational medicine, and energetic medicine. Electro medicine, or the use of energetic modalities to treat physical ailments, is considered one of the oldest and most documented sciences known.
The subtler and more profound applications of the concept of the body electric are just being discovered now; Electricity is used all around the body. Special nerves made up of cells called neurons carry electrical signals to the brain from every part of the body and from the brain to all parts of the body. Generally, this is the way that our brain helps us get information from our senses, processes information and helps us control our muscles and organs.
Increased Heart Rate, which can lead and/or contribute to heart conditions. Hormonal Fluctuations, which can lead and/or contribute to endocrine, reproductive, digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes and mental disorders. Constriction of muscles and blood vessels, can lead and/or contribute to pain, tension, circulatory issues, cardio-pulmonary issues and asthma. The suppression of non-essential life processes, which affects reproduction, higher executive brain function, digestion and immunity.
Many people think of stress only in terms of things like deadlines at work, family or relationship stress, financial pressures, traffic jams, or the death of a loved one perhaps. However, stress reactions also occur on the unconscious, cellular, subtle or energetic levels each time we are exposed to a toxin, pathogen or allergen; and every time our body experiences a nutritional deficiency or excess.
Armed with this information, you can take steps you've learned to improve the condition. Bio-feedback therapists reply on more complex biofeedback machines in somewhat the same way that you rely on your scale or thermometer. Their machines can detect a person's internal bodily functions with far greater sensitivity and precision than a person can alone. Both clients and therapists use this information to gauge and direct progress. For clients, the biofeedback machine acts as a kind of sixth sense that allows them to "see" or "hear" activity inside their bodies. The biofeedback therapist acts as a coach, standing at the sidelines setting goals and limits on what to expect and giving hints on how to improve performance. With practice the client learns to activate these relaxation responses in their everyday life, improving performance and quality of experience.
A: Yes, everything around you makes an impression! You are affected by the moon, barometric pressure, elevation and especially by mental impressions. But your body has controlling mechanisms, which under normal circumstances counter these strong impacts and maintain balance. When there is repetitive or excessive influence by one factor the balance or fluidity is disturbed.
Q: “How do I know that I have tipped the balance?”
A: You feel “stuck” in a state of distress. A physical symptom is often a visible confirmation of the situation. Biofeedback can find and correct such extreme imbalances. This will allow your body to resume its own natural regulation processes.
Q: “How is Biofeedback done?”
A: Biofeedback is used to tune into your subconscious field. This process does not require a physical contact with the client and can be done remotely. Once the problem is identified, a series of energy treatments are set up over a period of time, usually for 30 days. The type of treatment, frequency and duration is individual.
Q: “How quickly can I expect results?”
A: This depends on your level of participation and the ability of your body to heal. Biofeedback treatment will shift the situation, but you can also use other therapies to strengthen your body so it can heal faster. If beliefs or habits are part of the problem, additional work has to be done to change those as well.
The results of the scan by themselves are interesting. They will provide you with information you can use to work on emotional or life issues.
Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which people are trained to improve their health and skills by using signals from their own bodies. Along with other things we use it to help clients
- Learn to relax
- To prepare for an event
- To improve skills
- To reduce anxiety
- To improve focus and attention
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.
Q: How Does Biofeedback Work?
A: Biofeedback utilizes electro-dermal sensors to measure Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR), also referred to as Electro-Dermal Response (EDR). GSR measures mild electrical impulses on the surface of our skin, which change due to moisture. The moisture of the skin changes according to the body’s degree of stress and/or relaxation. There is a direct relationship between sympathetic nervous activity and emotional arousal. GSR is so sensitive it can even measure fluctuations in emotional states; think about the lie detector, for example.
These technologies are able to capture the bodies’ analog electrical signals and translate those signals into meaningful information through complex algorithmic software that a technician can then decipher. Research shows that biofeedback, alone and in combination with other behavioral therapies, is effective for treating a variety of medical and psychological disorders.
Studies show biofeedback as an ideal intervention for patients who demand:
Gentler, less toxic and less invasive first line interventions
More integrative and alternative therapeutic options
More information and choice in making the best possible decisions for their care
More participation and involvement in their treatment
The deleterious effects of excess stress have been well documented in a wide range of medical publications.
Thousands of research articles, studies and books prove beyond a shadow of doubt, that stress can be a factor in any disease, as it alters biochemistry and neurological functioning, and can weaken the immune system and the digestive tract.
Biofeedback is exciting and innovative, but it does require training, experience and precise use of the technology, otherwise results can be spotty and sometimes even aggravating. For now, there is no particular certification or regulation process in the field. This is both liberating and also makes it hard to find a good therapist to work with, so word of mouth and your own sound judgment should guide you when you are ready to give it a try. Type your paragraph here.
Q: “Are the results permanent?”
A: As with any therapy, acute conditions resolve quickly. Chronic problems require multiple treatments in order to cover all the variations in the case. Sometimes we need to address them one layer at a time until we reach the root of the problem.
The quality of the results also depends on the practitioner’s ability to use the technology and especially in their training as a healer. The use of biofeedback as therapy has exploded in the past 5 years. With that its use has spread from the medical field onto many other areas of life: business, real estate, treatment of eco systems, plants and animals, operation of many kinds and much more.