Requirements for successful biofeedback training

Monday 5 March 2018

Biofeedback and neurofeedback have some major advantages over the traditional use of pharmaceutical medication. But as no method is perfect, there are some requirements to achieve success.

  • Biofeedback requires a well-trained clinician or coach. Unlike most medication, which can be used without the supervision of a medical professional, a biofeedback session won't be successful when the clinician does not know how to use the equipment or how to analyze and interpret the data;
  • Biofeedback requires dedication and motivation of the patient. Some clients may not be motivated to go through the 'effort' of working on their own health;
  • Biofeedback takes time. In order to be truly permanently effective, a good number of sessions (5 to 10 or even more for neurofeedback treatments) may be required;
  • Biofeedback is still not very widespread. The number of well-trained health professionals who can offer this method is increasing, although rather limited;
  • Biofeedback is not as well accepted as most pharmaceutical solutions.

Advantages of biofeedback

  • Biofeedback can truly help eliminate health problems that are stress-related or that have a major psychosomatic component, whereas medication mostly addresses symptoms;
  • Biofeedback can assist in rehabilitation, incontinence and other areas as a complementary solution, applied along with therapy and medication;
  • Biofedback delivers persistent effects, as patients learn to apply the techniques in daily life, without needing equipment;
  • Biofeedback has no known side-effects, so they are a low risk solution;
  • Biofeedback educates people about their health and empowers them to take control. It shows the progress they are making, which is a strong motivating factor.

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