Biofeedback

Biofeedback Therapy uses computerized machines to measure and display body functions and states. By monitoring these mental and physical functions through stages of rest and activity, they can be controlled. Biofeedback helps patients improve their health by understanding signals from their own bodies and working consciously to affect change. Generally, biofeedback is used in a clinical setting by licensed health professionals. Because it provides an alternative to drugs for the treatment of stress-induced pain, it works well in a natural medicine setting.

Some companies are now using Biofeedback in working with race horses. Clinicians are trained to use the biofeedback machines to gauge a person’s internal bodily functions to help the patient tune into the activity inside their bodies. Patients then learn to identify the circumstances that trigger their symptoms and are taught some form of relaxation exercise to relieve the symptoms. With some of the more sophisticated machines, the senses of the animal are monitored and the appropriate or desired effected is “fed back” to the animal for the desired response.

Benefits/Contraindications

See professional for information.

Training/Licensing

Certification for healthcare professionals is available. To qualify for training, trainees must have:

A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally-accredited academic institution in a healthcare field.

Qualifying programs include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Western
  • Allopathic medicine
  • Exercise physiology
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental hygiene, and more.

There are some companies with Biofeedback machines that can be purchased for home use and working with animals that do not require a degree.