Biofeedback does not have only one type. If we look at the field of psychology and mental health, there are different types of biofeedback for different kinds of symptoms, i.e., they are configured differently to give the best output to psychologists and the users. In this article, we shall discuss some of the types of biofeedback and what exact purpose they each serve.
Types of Biofeedback you need to know about:
Although the types of biofeedback here may not seem entirely relevant to mental health and psychology, it should be understood that each of these conditions is a problem that may arise as a result of mental health-related problems. Those particular types are as follows:
Biofeedback for Muscle tension:
Diagnosing and treating muscle tension is an important application of biofeedback in various domains. We shall look at this type in a little bit more depth.
Muscle tension may occur as a result of certain mental conditions, and biofeedback is useful in both diagnosing and treating this condition to its very core. Once muscle tension arises, psychologists may determine what kind of mental health condition caused it, and treat it accordingly.
Biofeedback for Skin Temperature:
Skin temperature falls up and down all the time, and biofeedback is used on a large scale not only in psychology and also in other medical domains.
In psychology, the skin temperature is put into a concern to determine the kind of condition a patient is going through. The psychologist may then guide the patient to a medical doctor, physician, and surgeon accordingly. Otherwise, they can treat it themselves if possible.
Biofeedback for Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure is a common consequence of stress. Low blood pressures also result from various mental health conditions.
Biofeedback can be used to understand the cause of blood pressure better. Blood pressure can result from many causes (like high sodium intake), and biofeedback can be used to understand this condition better and treat it accordingly.
Biofeedback for Heart Rate
We all can face a heart rate that is more or less than normal. In modern science and therapy, especially in the domain of mental health, biofeedback is being largely used by putting heart rate into account.
Biofeedback can be used to lower the heart rate of an individual and help them calm down. This makes biofeedback a good therapy for relaxation and self-control, because anxiety is a serious problem that can arise due to various reasons, and biofeedback can be of help there.
Biofeedback for Breathing
If you are facing breathing problems, then biofeedback can be of your help.
Breathing rates can become irregular due to abnormal mental conditions. Biofeedback can be used (where necessary) to treat the symptoms of irregular breathing and bring the rates back to normal.
Biofeedback is largely still in the exploration phase. With time we are sure to see more applications of biofeedback. This will help us improve the overall mental health of our society and also in other domains of medical science.