A recent study published in the June 2009 issue of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeeback (Volume 34, Number 2, by Swanson, Gevirtz, Brown, Spira, Guarneri, & Stoletniy), finds that heart failure patients respond favorably to heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback and breath training.
Research trials have begun on an innovative research project which examines the additive therapeutic effect of two existing evidence-based techniques, marital therapy and biofeedback. Steven C. Kassel, a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been certified in Biofeedback since 1985, designed a way to combine both therapies which typically are not used together. Working with [...]
Journey to the Wild Divine and Healing Rhythms are part of the Wild Divine hardware/software biofeedback system available for professional or home use. This software sports a cool user interface that teaches relaxation skills through guided tutorials from experts and through visual and auditory feedback complete with modern graphics and beautiful sounds and music. The [...]
Thought Technology just released a free PDF biofeedback “mini-ebook” (49 pages) entitled, “Basic Of Surface Electromyography Applied To Physical Rehabilitation and Biomechanics.” Students or biofeedback clinicians that use surface electromyography (SEMG or EMG) will find this to be a fantastic free resource. Check the end of this review for a download link.
I dislike posts that serve only as blatant advertisements as much as anyone, but I thought our readers would appreciate a link to get $50.00 off an EmWave PC HRV biofeedback system. No apparent expiration date is given so order sooner rather than later because it can be pulled at any time.
Migraine headache afflicts 18% of women and 7% of men in the United States*. A recent meta-analysis* found that various forms of biofeedback may be an effective treatment for migraine headache. The primary peripheral biofeedback modalities under investigation included electromyography (EMG), skin temperature (TEMP), and heart rate variability (HRV) [referred to as blood-volume-pulse feedback in [...]
Nestoriuc, Rief, & Martin (2008)* conducted a meta-analysis of biofeedback applications for tension-type headache (TTH). A meta-analysis combines data from published studies that meet inclusion criteria to increase statistical power and the ability to detect a statistically meaningful treatment effect, often expressed as an “effect size.” The researchers provide an overview of TTH and report that episodic (versus chronic) TTH is the most prevalent type of headache in adults, adolescents, and children with a 1 year prevalence rate of 38%. The researchers further report that pharmacotherapy (anti-depressants and analgesics) is the most common form of treatment, but that medications are only moderately effective and can have significant side effects. Thus, behavioral interventions, including biofeedback, may represent a promising alternative or complimentary treatment if demonstrated to be effective.
02/14/09 Update: AAPB removed the Evidenced-Based Biofeedback/Neurofeedback (2008 Edition) PDF because it is now offered only as regular book. Attached is the PDF of the 2004 edition of this book. Original Post: The Behavioral Medicine Report readers hopefully are becoming more familiar with biofeedback. Upcoming articles will cover other types of biofeedback treatments, not just [...]