Topics: Hypertension, Psychology, Blood Pages: 2 (335 words) Published: January 31, 2013

History - Since the 1970s biofeedback has been a behavioral medicine and treatment and has been practiced in clinical settings. It achieves it results through psychophysiological (mind-body) self regulation. It became better and more understood in the 1940s out of laboratory research. Then following in the 1950’s along with the 1960’s H.D. Kimmel, Neal miller, and David Shapiro were psychologist that used this models to do further research. Then in the late 1960’s the term biofeedback was used to describe this type of learning. Steps-

The first step includes creating awareness about the physiological changes taking place within the body in a particular state. The second step involves transforming this awareness into signals, usually with the help of a biofeedback machine. The third step includes utilizing these signals to control the physiological state and alter it to normal or relaxed physiological state.

One example of how to do-
First off this should be done in a quite relaxed area. One way of practicing this is cupping your hands together so your finger tips touch together. After the focus on the tips of your fingers trying to feel a heartbeat. This may take practice and a good amount of time. After awhile deep heavy breaths you should noticed you can feel the heartbeat more and more. With this you get more and more relaxed.

Clinical biofeedback techniques that grew out of the early laboratory procedures are now widely used to treat an ever-lengthening list of conditions. These include: Migraine headaches, tension headaches, and many other types of pain Disorders of the digestive system

High blood pressure and its opposite, low blood pressure
Cardiac arrhythmias (abnormalities, sometimes dangerous, in the rhythm of the heartbeat) Reynaud’s disease (a circulatory disorder that causes uncomfortably cold hands) Epilepsy
Paralysis and other movement disorders

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