Biofeedback is a scary sounding term. Many of us may have heard of it, but most of us probably do not really understand. Yet biofeedback can help to reduce stress reduction through modification of behavior. Biofeedback works as a way to measure one’s physiological responses to something, and then as a way to control those responses.
In the case of stress reduction, biofeedback helps the person experiencing stress identify their reactions to it so that they can choose appropriate stress reduction techniques to counter the effects of the stressful situation.
Biofeedback is based on research done by two prominent psychologists and physiologists, Ivan Pavlov (who used dogs to demonstrate the Pavlovian response), and B.F. Skinner, who worked particularly on operant behavior, also known as behaviorism.
Both researchers helped pioneer the way for biofeedback to develop as a way of identifying how individuals react to certain stimuli, for example, tightening their shoulder muscles when they are stressed.
And biofeedback can also help people to learn to change their behaviors to get a “reward”, such as noticing stressful triggers and purposely doing relaxation exercises so that they can keep the stress from affecting them in a harmful way.
Many people learn about biofeedback from a therapist or health care professional who uses special equipment to measure the body’s response to stress. But more recently, home biofeedback equipment has been developed for people to use with their computer.
So biofeedback can help you identify what triggers stress, what those stresses do your body, and how to modify your behaviors to counteract the effects of stress on your body. The result is a more relaxed and aware you – one that has learned to catch the stress before it causes you to suffer from uncomfortable physiological responses.
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