Biofeedback Therapy in NJ

Do you want to improve your mental health by better understanding how your body functions? 

Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC (GATE) provides biofeedback therapy in NJ. Biofeedback therapy gathers data on your body functions, so you can learn how to control them better.  

If you want to talk to one of our therapists about how biofeedback therapy in NJ can help you, call GATE today.

Conditions That Benefit from Biofeedback Therapy

Anxiety

Biofeedback therapy is most effective for mental health issues that relate to stress. This therapy allows you to learn how to manipulate your heart, breathing, and muscle tension to relieve anxiety. By first helping you understand how your body reacts to stressors, our therapists then help you learn coping strategies for when unexpected triggers arise.

ADHD

For the adult or child with ADHD, biofeedback therapy helps you learn to counteract your body’s functions to improve concentration and reduce impulsivity. By monitoring your body functions and neurofeedback, we help you change how you concentrate or pay attention even when outside factors want to pull away your focus.

Depression

If you have depression, your right frontal lobe is more active, which causes feelings of sadness and melancholy. Our biofeedback therapists help you learn how to train your left frontal lobe to be more active to balance with the right. With positive reinforcement, your brain will learn to activate your left frontal lobe more often.

Types of Biofeedback Therapy

There are many types of biofeedback we can measure with this therapy. These include the following:

• Brain Waves
• Breathing
• Heart Rate
• Muscle Contraction
• Sweat Gland Activity
• Temperature

To gather each of these types of biofeedback, we use different devices. This includes an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain waves, electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure heart rate, electromyography (EMG) to monitor electrical activity in muscles, electrodermograph (EDG) to measure activity in the sweat glands, and sensors to measure your temperature.

Relaxation Exercises

During biofeedback therapy, our therapists will lead you through relaxation exercises to help you learn to control your body functions and ultimately improve your mental state. These exercises include:

•Deep Breathing
•Muscle Relaxation
•Meditation

How Does Biofeedback Therapy Work?

Biofeedback involves attaching sensors to the body to measure specific body functions to help you better understand how your body reacts in certain situations. We help you learn how to better control these body functions for improved mental health.

Biofeedback Therapy Procedure

Regardless of what type of biofeedback is right for your mental health issues, this type of therapy follows the same general process. Below we’ll outline the three parts of the biofeedback therapy procedure.

Electrical Sensors

During the initial part of the procedure, our therapists will set up the devices and attach any necessary sensors around the body. These areas of the body may include the head, chest, fingers, and more, depending on the type of test.

Feedback

These devices gather feedback on the body and can even alert you with a beeping or flashing light when your heart rate is too fast, for example. This feedback is essential to help you learn how to change your thoughts and emotions by controlling your body.

Change Body Reactions

Using feedback, our therapists will lead you through relaxation exercises to control your body functions. For example, if you get frequent headaches due to tense muscles, we’ll help you learn how to relax these specific muscles to relieve your pain. If you get anxiety at certain triggers, we’ll help you learn to slow your breathing and heart rate.

Benefits of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy in NJ has many benefits, whether you need it to help relieve anxiety, depression, or ADHD symptoms. Below, we’ll outline the top three benefits of receiving this type of mental health therapy.

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Reduce Symptoms

Biofeedback therapy gets to the heart of your mental health issue. Anxiety has symptoms such as increased heart rate. ADHD has symptoms such as distractedness. Through biofeedback therapy, we’ll help you focus on the muscle, breathing, heart, or brain wave issues that are leading to these symptoms to resolve them.

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Non-Invasive

Biofeedback is not only an impactful treatment for many mental health issues, but it’s also non-invasive. This makes it a great alternative or addition to other treatments such as medication or surgeries.

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Encourage Empowerment

Controlling your body functions is an empowering skill to learn. When you’re faced with trials and unexpected triggers, the power is no longer in the hands of the trigger but you. In biofeedback therapy, we’ll teach you to have control over your mental health issues or chronic pain.

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