Since the 21st century, the medical field has seen many cornerstones. Successful researches and treatments are way more than anyone expected. But, one of the fields which still has an increasing number of patients is mental and psychological healthcare.
Especially since the beginning of the pandemic, people suffering from mental health conditions have gone multifold, and these issues are not confined to any state or country.
People face mental health issues like stress, depression, anxiety, mood swing, bipolar disorder, etc. The recent events around the globe have made it worse for everyone.
The most common issue from the conditions mentioned above is anxiety and/or panic attacks, and for that, doctors usually use biofeedback therapy to cure and eliminate any chances of its (anxiety) return.
The anxiety can be deemed a natural response in some instances, such as in sports events and singing contests. But, the real issue comes when people suffer from anxiety or panic attacks daily.
And this is not a normal way to lead a healthy life. Anxiety disorder or panic attacks are difficult and frustrating, leading to other mental health issues. To avoid the issues mentioned above, opt for biofeedback therapy as per your doctor’s advice.
What is biofeedback treatment/therapy?
It is a method for learning to control certain aspects of your body, for instance, your heart rate. You’re attached to electrical devices/sensors during biofeedback to help you obtain details about your own body.
This assessment enables you to make minor adjustments to your body, like relaxing specific muscles, to get the desired results, such as pain relief. The treatment allows you to practice new ways of controlling your body, which can help you improve your health or physical ability.
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What kinds of biofeedback are available for you?
Your therapist may use different kinds of feedback procedures based on your health conditions and plans. The types are as given below:
Breathing: Bands are attached to your chest and abdomen during respiratory biofeedback to monitor the pattern of breathing and respiration/breaths per minute.
Muscle contraction: An electromyography (EMG) monitors the electrical activity that causes muscle contraction by placing sensors on the muscles.
Brain waves: An electroencephalograph is used to monitor your brain waves using scalp sensors (EEG).
The activity of the sweat glands: Sensors with an electrodermograph (EDG) attached to the fingers, palm, or wrist will measure the movement/working of your sweat glands and the quantity of perspiration on the skin notifying you of anxiety.
Heart rate: This type employs finger or earlobe sensors in conjunction with a device that detects changes in blood volume (photoplethysmography). An electrocardiograph (ECG) is used to measure your heart rate and how it varies using sensors placed on your chest, lower torso, or wrists.
Temperature: The flow of blood to your skin is measured using sensors attached to the fingers or feet. A low reading will push you to begin a relaxation method as your temperature drops when you’re stressed.
The activity of the sweat glands: Sensors with an electrodermograph (EDG) attached to the fingers, palm, or wrist measure the movement/working of your sweat glands and the quantity of perspiration on the skin, notifying you of anxiety.
Biofeedback therapy is still the best treatment for people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And they must seek consultation from the experts and choose the type of therapy suitable for them.