Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment. The therapist attaches sensors or electrodes to the body and these sensors provide a variety of readings–feedback–which is displayed on the equipment for the patient to see. The signals typically measure skin temperature, muscle tension and/or brainwave function. With this information, patients can learn to make changes so subtle that at first they cannot be consciously perceived. With practice, however, the new responses and behaviors can help to bring relief and improvement to a variety of disorders.
Who it may help:
Biofeedback may help veterans or family members with migraines, anxiety and stress related disorders, panic disorders, addiction, chronic pain, ADD and ADHD as well as other issues.
Who can perform Biofeedback:
There are many types of biofeedback techniques. Be sure that the person proposing to work with you is trained to provide biofeedback for your problem.
For medical/psychological diagnoses: Only people who are licensed or otherwise credentialed by their state, can treat diagnosed medical disorders independently. People trained in biofeedback but not state credentialed can work under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed provider. Be sure any uncredentialed provider is working under appropriate supervision. You need to check that a person offering biofeedback services has both the appropriate type of training in biofeedback and the appropriate state credential to work with your diagnosis.
NEW! http://www.homecoming4veterans.org/ This site offers a list of biofeedback practitioners who are willing to offer FREE biofeedback to OEF/OIF veterans for a minimum of 20 sessions. Click on “find a clinician” to access help in your area.
Will insurance cover Biofeedback:
Coverage for biofeedback is often available from health insurers but the plans vary widely. You or your primary care provider may want to check with your insurance company for coverage details regarding biofeedback. Your local biofeedback provider is also likely to be aware of coverage issues.
Note: VFU provides this comprehensive view of healing techniques for your convenience, but does not endorse nor recommend any specific technique. VFU does not guarantee results or outcomes from any of the materials listed on this website.