Biofeedback, quite simply, is any technique which takes a measurement of the body, and provides a result. A scale can be said to be a biofeedback device that measures weight; a thermometer is one that measures body temperature. We can measure factors of the body electric such as the voltage from the firing brain cells, the amperage of heart muscle contractions, the voltage of the muscles and the resistance in the flow of electricity of the skin. We can measure the oscillations of these factors as seen by the EEG, ECG, EMG and GSR. The same technological theories that brought us biofeedback in the 1960’s, have also brought devices like the CAT Scan, the MRI, TENS, ultra-sound, and many other sophisticated technologies used in our health care systems. The information measured with a biofeedback device is then “fed-back” to the client, informing them of various physiological parameters and stress responses within the body. This educates them about the need to retrain their body’s stress responses and balance the body electric, make lifestyle changes or learn to control physiological reactions, in order to achieve improved relaxation and better health overall.
Stress affects us all
The detrimental effects of excess stress have been well documented in a wide range of medical publications. Thousands of research articles, studies and books prove beyond a shadow of doubt, that stress can be a factor in any disease. Stress alters biochemistry and neurological functioning, and can weaken the immune system and the digestive tract. This neuro-psychological-immuno link is well established in many peer reviewed medical journals on Psychoneuroimmunology.
The Fight or Flight Response
Stress can trigger the body’s response to a perceived threat or danger, called the Fight-or-Flight response. During this reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, decreasing blood flow to major muscle groups, and changing various other autonomic nervous functions thus, giving the body a burst of energy and strength. This response originally named for its ability to enable us to physically fight or run away when faced with danger, is now activated in situations where neither response is appropriate, like in traffic or during a stressful day at work. When the perceived threat is gone, systems are designed to return to normal function via the relaxation response. However, in times of chronic stress, this often doesn’t happen, causing damage to the body if stress is not reduced and managed.
Common physiological changes resulting from stress reactions include:
1. Increased Heart Rate – which can lead and/or contribute to heart conditions.
2. Hormonal Fluctuations – which can lead and/or contribute to endocrine, reproductive, digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes and mental disorders.
3. Constriction of muscles and blood vessels – which can lead and/or contribute to pain, tension, circulatory issues, cardio-pulmonary issues and asthma.
4. The suppression of non-essential life processes – which affects reproduction, higher executive brain function, digestion and immunity. Many people think of stress only in terms of things like deadlines at work, family or relationship stress, financial pressures, traffic jams, or the death of a loved one perhaps. However, stress reactions also occur on the unconscious, cellular, subtle or energetic levels each time we are exposed to a toxin, pathogen or allergen; and every time our body experiences a nutritional deficiency or excess. This is where the application of biofeedback can make a difference.
Biofeedback utilizes electro-dermal sensors to measure Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR), also referred to as Electro-Dermal Response (EDR). GSR measures mild electrical impulses on the surface of our skin, which change due to moisture. The moisture of the skin changes according to the body’s degree of stress and/or relaxation. There is a direct relationship between sympathetic nervous activity and emotional arousal. GSR is so sensitive it can even measure fluctuations in emotional states. Biofeedback instruments measure muscle activity, skin temperature, electro-dermal activity (sweat gland activity), respiration, heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, brain electrical activity and blood flow. There are many types of biofeedback: GSR, EEG, CAT scan, MRI, etc. These technologies are able to capture the bodies’ analog electrical signals and translate those signals into meaningful information through complex algorithmic software that a technician can then decipher. Research shows that biofeedback, alone and in combination with other behavioral therapies, is effective for treating a variety of medical and psychological disorders. Biofeedback is currently used by physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and a host of other professionals and lay people alike. In fact, in 1987, it was found that Biofeedback is effective in reducing physician visits, medication usage, duration and frequency of hospital stays, as well as reducing mortality and enhancing quality of life. FACT: Studies by Jonas and Levin show Biofeedback as an ideal intervention for the majority of patients who are now increasingly demanding:• Gentler, less toxic and less invasive first line interventions• More integrative and alternative therapeutic options• More information and choice in making the best possible decisions for their care• More participation and involvement in their treatment
Biofeedback has been incorporated into a wide variety of different areas due to the positive results from Stress Reduction and Stress Management. • Individuals and families find it an affordable, safe and easy to use tool for monitoring and managing all kinds of stress and stress related symptoms at home. Many individuals complete their Biofeedback Specialist Certification and begin a private practice, helping others, while others team up and see clients with their device in wellness centers, doctors and chiropractors offices.• Practitioners, Clinicians and Therapists from a wide array of complementary modalities use biofeedback as an additional technique to educate their clients, assist with managing stress and pain and teach people how to take control of their lives, making positive changes in their physiological states and their overall health.• Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Mental Health Clinicians use biofeedback as a influential part of their professional services. Biofeedback enables the practitioner to identify and retain stress responses and emotions linked with traumas that are most reactive for that client. This can often help build rapport and speed the therapeutic process immensely.• Olympic Athletes, Professional Trainers and Coaches have been using biofeedback for years to enhance performance. Stress reduction and pain management can really give athletes an edge in their sport. We have practitioners who have received recognition internationally for achieving outstanding results working with Olympic athletes and professional sports teams.• Health professionals of all modalities find that the biofeedback matrix reactions provides valuable clues and benefits to stressors most affecting a client. This facilitates a more individualized and effective stress management intervention, without the use of toxic medications or invasive measures.• Doctors and Nurse Practitioners find biofeedback a less costly, drug free, non-invasive, accurate assessment tool. Using this tool they can educate their clients about the stressors which may be at the root of their diagnoses or illnesses.
The Pro Eductor Cybernetic System is the most sophisticated instrument in the world of Stress Reduction today. Combining applications of Biofeedback and many other Stress Management Programs, the technology provides you with the one of the best options in complementary care. By including the Pro Eductor Biofeedback Technology and it’s multiple computerized Stress Reducing software programs, you can gain deep insight into vital bio-energetic information.
The PRO EDUCTOR is designed to correct the manifestation of stress and/or electro-stress patterns within the individual at the most primal of physiological levels. The device works on the theory that stress disrupts the inherent electromagnetic frequencies at which the body’s cells, organs, etc. resonate and that by returning these frequencies to their natural state, the stress and any subsequent illness that occurred because of the disruption can be corrected. The information is gathered from the body through electrodes in head and limb straps providing an objective, accurate and precise picture of the client’s general stress profile. This information is selected and listed by the Pro Eductor in order of the highest reaction, and the stressors are analyzed in the course of a stress management session.Studies have shown that people who are over-stressed produce different patterns of brain waves than those who are not over-stressed. These studies revealed that reversal of that stress via techniques such as biofeedback, which employ the individual in controlling their return to stress-free living, can result in the abnormal patterns becoming normal. The PRO EDUCTOR communicates with an individual’s stress levels so that this information can be used to make one aware of stress patterns and retrain the physiological stress patterns. This consequently enables a decrease in those stress levels. The overall goal is to reduce stress, train the body to better manage stress, thus improving physical and emotional being.
The EDUCTOR is indicated for use as a Biofeedback system, with the following primary functions:
This combination of Biofeedback applications and micro-current stimulation has proven positive effects in the following areas:
All of the Quantum Biofeedback Systems (QXCI, SCIO, INDIGO, EDUCATOR and PRO EDUCTOR) are Registered under Neuro-feedback and Biofeedback technologies and are Class 2 Devices.
Establishment Registration & Device Listing:
Proprietary Name: Educator: Eductor
Classification Name: DEVICE, BIOFEEDBACK
Product Code: HCC
Device Class: 2
Regulation Number: 882.5050
Medical Specialty: Neurology
Registered Establishment Name: NATURE, SCIENCE, AND YOU
Registered Establishment Number: 3010402953
Owner/Operator: Nature, Science, and You
Owner/Operator Number: 10044836
Establishment Operations: Manufacturer
The Pro Eductor Cybernetic System is registered for therapeutic use for muscle re-education, stress and pain management. Only a licensed diagnostician can diagnose a severe clinical disease. Some examples of CPT Codes, and therapeutic applications currently used by doctors, clinicians and technicians for biofeedback therapies include:• 99214 may be used for a physical ailment• 90901 biofeedback training general• 90911 EMG biofeedback• 90875-90876 Psycho-Physiological therapy