Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback

Biofeedback is currently not available.

The Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine's Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback program is designed to help patients cope with stressors that cause anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and somatic symptoms.

Biofeedback involves the use of state-of-the-art electronic sensory feedback and monitoring to teach enhanced control over autonomic nervous system function as measured by skin conductance (sweating), muscle tension, skin temperature and heart rate.

Psychophysiological therapy procedures such as biofeedback have been found to be highly effective in the treatment of certain disorders including:

Biofeedback is most useful for people who have low or moderate measured hypnotic ability and are skeptical of the effectiveness of mind-body therapies. For patients with high hypnotic ability but who are fearful of hypnosis, a combination of delayed biofeedback and self-hypnosis training is effective.

Biofeedback Evaluation and Treatment

Treatment focuses on identifying stressors and helping patients to learn coping skills. Patients are interviewed and given a battery of psychological and psychophysiological tests to measure their response at rest when a stressor is introduced and to determine how rapidly they can recover from a stressor.

Initially patients are given a clinical interview, followed by a battery of psychophysiological tests to determine each patient's specific risk factors (e.g., hypnotic ability, major life changes, support systems, coping skills, and psychophysiological stress profile) for stress-related disease. After testing is completed, the patient will receive results of the clinical interview and the psychophysiological tests. In addition, the patient will receive a statement recommending the most appropriate therapy for reducing stress-related symptoms and a statement about the probability of a positive clinical outcome.

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