Biofeedback is a technique that one can use to help measure one’s body processes, such as breathing, Galvanic skin response, and heart rate. Research has shown that over time, one can learn to control these processes and consciously implement a relaxation response in order to aid in stressful situations and to help decrease anxiety, pain, and many other conditions. The practitioner and client work together to determine the best relaxation technique which gives the most results according to the biofeedback equipment. This technique is viewed as a psychoeducational tool because it is a skill one learns and utilizes outside of the session in order to sharpen their practice.
To see a list of the many disorders or conditions that biofeedback helps, go to the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance website at www.bcia.org.