Posts in Biofeedback
Biofeedback starter system for athletes

Biofeedback tools and techniques are applied by elite athletes in many sports. Athletes care about performance and these days understand that their success doesn't depend on strength alone.  At the peak of physical strength, the difference can be made by the mental focus of an athlete, especially when performing under high pressure.  Here is our take on a biofeedback starter system

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How to squeeze the magic from biofeedback

In earlier articles we have looked at what can be achieved with the diligent application of biofeedback and neurofeedback in various areas.  We have expalined why biofeedback therapy is a misnomer to us.  Biofeedback is a training approach requiring active participation from the client.  But there are some fundamental issues to grasp.  In this article we spell out what we see as the foundation requirements for effective biofeedback and neurofeedback practice

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Biofeedback is not a therapy

Let's get this striaght. Biofeedback is not a therapy but it can do you a power of good. It's a case of choosing the right tool for the job. If im bleeding to death or challenged by cancer I would not seek a biofeedback solution. However, if I have struggled with stress, sleeplessness or many other health challnges I definitely know that biofeedback approaches can help.  Biofeedback can have many positive effects across the spectrum of health and wellness but we dont look on it as a therapy - we dont refer to "biofeedback therapy.". 

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Recommendations for EMG biofeedback & NeXus 10

Whether the client is an athlete aiming to improve performance or someone struggling with stress EMG biofeedback can be a useful approach.  The principle of EMG training is normally to provide the client with enhanced information about his or muscle tension in a particular area, hoping that with repeated training this will facilitate improved control of the muscle.

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Zukor games for engaging biofeedback

The NeXus BioTrace+ software integrates closely with the Zukor games, providing options for really engaging game content that expands on BioTrace+'s built in options. This article looks briefly at how this works. Biofeedback and neurofeedback are particularly effective when the feedback is engaging. For some client groups this means GAMES - that are controlled by the nature and quality of the clients engagement with a task.  Some of the most engaging games on the market for biofeedback are produced by Zukor Games.

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Basics of heart rate variability biofeedback

In recent years there has been substantial support for heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback with a variety of applications both as treatment and for performance enhancement. This brief article takes a look at HRV biofeedback - what it is and how it is measured. It is true to say that practitioners have practical experience that shows HRV biofeedback can have positive effects even if we have an imperfect idea of the all the underlying psychophysiological mechanisms.  HRV is sometimes seen as an indicator of physical and emotional resilience.

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What's the point of HRV biofeedback?

Heart rate variability (HRV) or the study of heart rhythms, ieems a simple measure of physiological state and yet it gives us a powerful indicator of our inner emotional states and level of stress. With a BVP or EXG sensor and employing biofeedback techniques you have available a non-invasive tool to get your ANS back on track.  This may be as helpful to the athlete seeking to manage the stress of striving for peak performance as it is to the man in the street dealing with anxiety and depression.

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Apatheia - A state to strive for

What is the one thing I wish I had been taught at school?  Probably it would be the art of not panicking.  It's a skill that eludes many if not most of us.  The obstacles that we face from day to day make us emotional and emotions can be hard to deal with.  Have you noticed that stuff always happens - the events of life take us by surprise and that which seemed so permanent just yesterday evaporates and reminds us of the impermanence of it all.

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Neurofeedback in post-stroke patients

Stroke frequently causes issues with cognition. EEG based biofeedback, referred to as neurofeedback (NF) is receiving attention in the research literature for it’s successful application with stroke patients.  In this approach the activity of the brain is modulated directly in a safe approach that relies on a learning process - so called neurofeedback. This blog refers to a scientific paper on this topic.

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How to perform neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a training technique with the ability to promote growth and change at the cellular level in the brain.  But how is it done? It has proven effective in a wide range of applications but it is not a "cure all".  It is effective in the right hands with the right equipment - "right" meaning competent and confident in a number of disciplines that are evolving and changing as new knowledge emerges. Technology such as the NeXus systems from Mind Media are making this tool set more widely available.

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What's the problem with biofeedback?

Biofeedback to some people seems too good to be true. I have seen it come in and out of fashion. It's not a silver bullet or some sort of cure-all.  Modern systems like the NeXus units combined with a wide range of sensors provide insight into the subjects mind, body and behaviour when faced with life's challenges.  By observation and analysis we can get leverage to make beneficial change and put biofeedback to work.  Making the person aware of aspects of their physiological state and rewarding "success" is the essence of the approach.

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Peak performance can be learned

Leading athletes and sports people must often confront the unrelenting challenge to perform at their best week after week, combined with the impossible expectations of others. The result is of course high stress which is typically not optional. The key to mastery is not motivation or a self-help book.  It is about SELF though - Self awareness, Self control and Self management.  These three qualities you can gain with the help of biofeedback. 

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Getting to grips with Biofeedback for Sports

What sometimes makes it difficult to get started in biofeeback is the fact that you must acquire knowledge from several different disciplines - including physiology, psychophysiology, instrumentation, signal processing and learning theory. We are offering a new course on the "Practical Application of Biofeedback for Peak Performance" to be held in central London in May.  Biofeedback is an approach that has grown firm roots in sports and athletics training but getting a clear picture of how to get started and actually use it is not easy.  We think we can help.

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Seeking the winning edge with biofeedback

Biofeedback can help us find the line which separates winning from losing - a line that has often been described as being as fine as a razor’s edge.  You and I know that peak performance is about both mind and body. We strive for hundreds of hours for that one moment. We have have sacrificed and polished our technique but it's not enough.  Biofeedback and physiological monitoring can provide vital insight into our mind-body state. It can give us the leverage to truly discover peak performance and learn to make this our natural state. Sound good? I thought so...

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Stress and competition

Undoubtably there are athletes seeking peak performance that have all the technical skills to be world-class but they are underperforming. Something holds them back as competition looms. Multichannel physiological monitoring with a NeXus system can help us spot how high performers respond to pressure - and what holds them back. We can identify possible strategies for biofeedback training or some other cognitive-behavioural strategy to achieve a performance breakthrough.

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Biofeedback for athletes - embed the learning

Biofeedback can assist athletes to reach optimal performance states. This is the third article in this series about the process.  During the learning stages the athlete practices achieving high performance states with the help of multiple physiological sensors and feedback from the monitoring computer.  After committing to the practice the athlete enters the third stage of learning in which the skill being practiced has developed to the degree that he or she need not consciously think about how to perform the skill.

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Helping athletes with biofeedback

Biofeedback is a great tool for athletes but it's not a silver bullet.  It uses equipment to help the athlete learn to seek and hold high performance states at will. It's a learning process that takes time.  We discussed the Cognitive Stage of biofeedback learning In yesterday's article.  Now we discuss a second stage of learning - the Associative Stage in which the athlete begins to learn to associate internal awareness with external feedback.

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Putting biofeedback to work for athletes

The self-regulation skills needed by the elite athlete can be learned and enhanced with biofeedback training.  But how do you learn to transfer skills learned in practice into the sporting arena. We look at three stages of learning and what can be gained. This article explains how a cognitive stage of learning works and why it is necessary.

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Relax to release your talent

Most of us carry subtle tensions - and do so for so many years that we no longer know what real relaxation feels like.  One of the worst things about tension is that it leaks energy from us and prevents us reaching our potential for achievement with mind or body.  This is true for all of us but is a critical matter needing attention for elite athletes looking for peak performance. Biofeedback and psychophysiological monitoring can help.

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