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Biofeedback

SEE WHATS HAPPENING ON THE INSIDE

Biofeedback appeals to people for a number of reasons:

1. It's non-invasive (doesn't hurt)

2. It may reduce or eliminate the need for medication

3. It might enhance the benefits of medication

4. It might help women who can't take medication during pregnancy

5. It helps you feel more in control of your mental and physical health

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how does it work?

A SENSOR CONNECTED TO YOUR EAR LOBE

Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn how to control some of your body's functions, such as your heart rate. During your appointment, a sensor is connected to your ear lobe that helps you and your Clinician to receive information about what is happening in your body.

This feedback helps you make subtle changes in your body such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want such as pain management. HeartMath biofeedback allows us to view the information your heart is sending your brain, and teach you interventions to manage your mental and/or physical health. You will practice those changes during your appointment and be able to see the changes happening on the inside of your body as well!

In essence, biofeedback gives you the ability to practice new ways to control your body.

Source: Mayo Clinic 

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which conditions does biofeedback treat?

BACKED BY DECADES OF RESEARCH FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

Number of recommended sessions is based on initial assessment, however average is 4-6 sessions.

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Anger

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Chronic Illness (Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Immune system dysfunction, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohns’ & Ulcerative Colitis, Muscle Spascity, etc)

  • Acute, Chronic & Recurrent Pain (headaches- tension type and migraine, recurrent abdominal pain, burns, acute procedure pain)

  • Insomnia

  • Hypertension

  • Somatization/Somatoform Disorder

  • Conversion Disorder

  • Habit Disorders (Tics/Tourette’s)

  • Learning & Performance Issues (Performance Anxiety, Peak Performance Training, ADHD/ADD)

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your first appointment

PAIGE WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU

Paige Bailey, RN is our primary Clinician for biofeedback appointments & is a Certified HeartMath Practitioner. In addition, Erinn is also a Certified Practitioner.

Your first appointment with Paige will include a comprehensive nursing assessment, including a review of your physical and mental health history, medications, applicable surgeries and past procedures, current health diagnoses, and of course, your goals for treatment.

From there, you will work with Paige to develop a treatment plan, discuss appointment options and suggested length of treatment to see the results you are looking for!

Paige will be happy to explain how HeartMath biofeedback works, the process for treatment, and most likely will connect a sensor to your ear to you and her can capture a "baseline reading" to start with.

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More about HeartMath Biofeedback

25+ Years of Research Went Into HeartMath Biofeedback

Alberta Health Services has been using HeartMath Biofeedback since 2015 in select programs. Unfortunately, this service is not widely available to the public. 

This technology offers an innovative approach to improving emotional well-being. In these sessions, you will learn to change your heart rhythm pattern to create physiological coherence, which is a scientifically measured state characterized by increased order and harmony in your mind, emotions and body (heartmath.com).

Heart signals sent to the brain have a significant impact on brain function. Heartmath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which follow different emotional states) have distinct effects of cognitive and emotional functioning. Special attention is paid to your Heart Rate Variability (HRV). One of the most powerful factors that affect our hearts changing rhythms is our feelings and emotions. In your appointment, you will get to see real time information and learn different interventions to achieve physiological coherence and improve your emotional and physical well-being.

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Paige, RN

Certified HeartMath Biofeedback Health Practitioner

Currently available for appointments Thursday Evenings

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Erinn, CT

Certified HeartMath Biofeedback Health Practitioner

Please inquire on availability