There are many reasons one might seek the help of a psychologist or therapist, with our anxiety treatment and stress management being among them, and an interesting technique that is growing in popularity among therapists and patients alike is biofeedback. New York psychologists such as Dr. Leah Lagos, who sees patients in both New Jersey and New York, have made biofeedback a primary focus of their practices, and with excellent results. So what is biofeedback, and is it for you?
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback is an evidence based method that trains people of all ages to improve their health and performance by gaining control over their autonomic nervous system. This includes heart rate, respiration rate, and brain activity. By working with a board certified biofeedback therapist you can learn to control how the body responds during stress. This treatment can significantly improve many conditions including:
- Panic attacks
- Life transitions
- Substance abuse
- Post-traumatic stress
- Psychosomatic illnesses
- Disordered eating
- Chronic pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Performance blocks in sports
- Negative ruminations
As an example of how biofeedback works, let’s look at how a typical session of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRV) would work in the office of Dr. Leah Lagos. Biofeedback measures bodily functions like breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, and teaches patents how to alter these functions through breath re-training. The clients’ heart rate variability and respiration are measured using electrodes, and the results are displayed on a monitor.
While the client practices specialized breathing exercises, Dr. Lagos guides the individual through techniques to clear the busy brain. This allows the client to gain control and change how their mind and body respond to being stressed. Through this process, the client learns how to get out of chronic cycles of anxiety and shift into an optimal performance state of calmness and confidence.
The ability to read your own body and relieve stress and anxiety as a result is a valuable tool, and is one that can be learned by anyone with the help of a biofeedback therapist. Patients in the New Jersey or New York area are encouraged to seek the help of Dr. Leah Lagos in learning the art of this groundbreaking technique.