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What is HeartMath BioFeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body's functions, such as your heart rate. With biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). This feedback helps you focus on making subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain. In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance. HeartMath Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique and to learn control over your mind heart connection.

How Does it Work?

During a HeartMath biofeedback session, a therapist attaches electrical sensors to either your ear or your finger. These sensors monitor your body's physiological state, such as heart rate, breathing and muscle tension. This information is fed back to you via cues, such as a beeping sound or a flashing light. The feedback teaches you to change or control your body's physiological reactions by changing your thoughts, emotions or behavior. In turn, this can help the condition for which you sought treatment. You then learn how to invoke positive physical changes in your body, such as relaxing those specific muscles, to reduce your stress, anxiety or pain. The ultimate goal with HeartMath biofeedback is to learn to use these techniques at home on your own. A typical biofeedback session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. The length and number of sessions are determined by your condition and how quickly you learn to control your physical responses.

What is HeartMath Biofeedback good for?

HeartMath Biofeedback training, is used to help manage many physical and mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety or stress

  • Asthma

  • Chemotherapy side effects

  • Chronic pain

  • Constipation

  • High blood pressure

  • Incontinence

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Raynaud's disease

  • As well as many other conditions


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