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April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress is described as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension,” and is a common symptom of many mental health disorders such as anxiety.
While stress is often considered a mental health issue, it involves our physiology as well. Stomach pain, sweating, muscle tension, and increased heart rate are all physical symptoms of stress.
Learning to manage stress is difficult.
We cannot always control the causes of stress in our lives. Challenging relationships, project deadlines, and other factors are not likely to disappear. However, through different therapeutic techniques and skills, it is possible to cope with these factors in a calm and healthy way.
Fortunately, biofeedback is one way to accomplish this.
Biofeedback Therapy for Stress Reduction
Biofeedback combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of stress to help clients practice stress reduction.
Clients hook up to non-invasive, pain-free sensors that are able to measure different physical indicators of stress. This data is projected onto a computer screen in two forms.
Data is seen in numbers and graphs for the biofeedback therapist. However, for the client, they may instead see a flower, a plane, or any number of images to represent their stress levels.
Regardless of how that stress is visualized, the client is in complete control of each number or image. During this time, the therapist will engage the client in relaxation techniques. Paced breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation are just a few of these techniques.
Consequently, biofeedback rewards clients when their stress levels are reduced, thus encouraging these techniques.
Biofeedback Center at GenPsych
This spring, GenPsych Livingston will be opening its Biofeedback Center to adult program clients. Biofeedback is effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues.
Clients in all of our adult mental health and substance abuse programs will have access to biofeedback therapy during treatment.
[Update 5/1: Biofeedback Center is now available in Livingston!]
GenPsych accepts all major private insurance plans. Same day appointments and transportation are available in most cases.