BioFeedback & Bio Sound Therapy in Arizona
BioFeedback, also known as neurofeedback, EEG (electroencephalogram), or Bio Sound Therapy, can effectively treat mental health conditions and addiction after a client has stabilized after detoxification.
Many normal bodily functions are controlled involuntarily by the nervous system: heart rate, muscle tension, or temperature, to name a few. Bio Feedback Therapy teaches patients to exercise an element of control over these bodily processes and can promote relaxation.
BioFeedback Therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug, holistic approach used in recovery communities for over thirty years. It doesn’t have adverse side effects making it desirable for patients not interested in Medication-Assisted Treatment or unable to take medication, like pregnant women.
During Bio Feedback Therapy, electrodes or finger sensors are attached to the patient’s skin. Electrodes measure many of the patient’s involuntary functions, such as heart rate, breathing rate, brain waves, muscle tension, and temperature.
Key therapeutic areas of focus:
- Mood Disorders
- Cognitive Awareness
- CBT Psycho-Educational Properties (learning how to control emotions that lead to addictive behaviors with trained, productive thought patterns)
BioFeedback & Bio Sound Sessions at Soul Surgery Rehab in Arizona
The treatment provided by Soul Surgery is highly effective and eagerly sought after by patients. It includes a quiet environment, privacy, and individualized attention from a trained biofeedback clinician.
With the sophisticated equipment introduced to the behavioral healthcare profession years ago, biofeedback provides visual ‘proof’ to the participant. This shows how they can alter mood and emotion with carefully controlled thoughts. Biofeedback is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach with decades of research on its ability to bring about significant and lasting change.
While being monitored, the patient works through relaxation exercises with a therapist. The therapist uses a computer to measure the patient’s brainwaves in response to what is being said or shown.
The therapist helps the patient to understand what the changes mean and why and how the brainwaves are changing. Understanding cause and effect is key. By becoming aware of subtle shifts in their body, the patient can positively alter their mental and physical states over time.
A 2005 study found that after patients had undergone Bio Feedback treatment, “77% were abstinent at 12 months, compared to 44%” for patients not undergoing Bio Feedback treatment. The study concluded that Bio Feedback “enhanced treatment retention, variables of attention, and abstinence rates” in patients. Another Bio Feedback study from 2008 noted that “Effectiveness in certain ‘hard to treat’ populations (conventional treatment-resistant alcoholics, crack cocaine addicts, cognitively impaired substance abusers) is promising.”
Bio Sound Therapy
Bio Sound Therapy is a treatment that integrates BioFeedback and soothing aural therapy. Like regular BioFeedback, Bio Sound Therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug, holistic treatment with no side effects.
A patient is exposed to binaural beats through a vibrational sound frequency to relax the nervous system. Once the patient is relaxed, and their heartbeat slows, they ideally will enter a tranquil, theta-level meditative state. The patient is guided through exercises from this calm place to help manage emotions and reduce stress and anxiety.
As with Bio Feedback Therapy, a team monitors a patient’s heart rate while exposed to these vibrations to help them understand the cause and effect of their heart rate dropping or increasing. The therapist can then help the patient learn techniques to control, of their own volition, when this occurs. This is particularly beneficial for regaining ownership of one’s body and increasing self-awareness.
By guiding patients through exercises while they are relaxed, BioFeedback Therapy and Bio Sound Therapy sessions help patients focus on their emotions, quality of life, and the positive control they can exercise over their body. They can be incredibly effective when used in conjunction with other addiction treatments.
BioFeedback Therapy and Bio Sound Therapy are available at Soul Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Soul Surgery accepts many major health insurances, including:
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