Clinicians, Boost Your Practice and Bottom Line
Keep Up with Scientific Innovations
Building a psychological practice takes time, dedicated hard work and “specialties.” Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a growing part of health care that increases the profitability of your practice.
Many Cam therapies are available. They include meditation, massage, dietary supplements, and yoga to name a few. The American Psychological Association supports clinicians improving health care using CAM. Psychologists can find expert studies reported in the Behavioral Neuroscience Journal.
Biofeedback and neurofeedback may set you apart. And help you be more competitive to find clients.
Biofeedback – Evidence-Based Practice in CAM
Directs Clients’ Control Over Body Tension, Health.
The biological basis of behavior is a broad field about how the nervous systems affect behavior. Treatment skills include the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback to train the brain. Biofeedback uses electrical sensors to help clients improve health and performance.
Stress management treatments link psychology with physical outcomes. Other popular mind-body therapies are meditation and relaxation training.
The three most common forms of biofeedback are EMG, thermal feedback and EEG. A fourth HRV, or heart-rate variability is growing in use. Clinicians with biofeedback certification lead the practitioner list. Not all psychologists are required to get certified. Their training has already included biofeedback.
Mind-Body Treatment is the Zeitgeist for Current Times
Research connected thoughts and emotion in physiological reactions. Thus the tie to stress management as part of the process in healing has been a secondary bonus.
What person struggling with managing an illness isn’t anxious, depressed and/or stressed out?
Obvious to most health care practitioners, health suffers with unsettling emotions. Negative thinking fuels negative health. Clinicians’ training teaches relaxation and cognitive behavioral methods to treat stress. Using biofeedback extends the reach of your practice.
The addition of biofeedback broadens treatment modalities you offer, and emphasizes clients’ self-regulation. Biofeedback teaches clients to regulate their body responses. The regulation prevents harmful effects on body systems and helps overcome health challenges.
Experts in Bioscience Marry
Psychological and Physical Treatment
Bio/neurofeedback approaches track and use physiological information to treat many medical problems. Biofeedback helps the cardiovascular, immune, neuroendocrine and metabolic systems.
These treatments brings the sympathetic and parasympathetic body systems under control. The treatments make for ordered and efficient functions in the nervous system.
Marketing your skills to physicians sets up a good referral source. A professional link for treating the medical conditions research has identified broadens your practice. This knowledge and skills makes for a strong connection with the medical c.ommunity. Health givers want to provide to their patients the latest treatments research has identified.
The majority of physicians see themselves as too busy to add the biofeedback services. They need referral sources they trust.
Biofeedback is non-invasive, although sensory receptors are attached to the surface the body. The receptors check brainwaves, respiration rate, skin surface temperature, heart function, and muscle activity.
Recent Treatments linked to Ancient Roots
Yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Control over physiological processes is popular in ancient spiritual development.
Actually, looking in a mirror is biofeedback.
More recently, Jon Kabat-Zinn popularized mind-body meditation in Western cultures in the late 1990’s.
Heart Emerges as Central to Brain Function
Research leading to theories about a “Heart Brain” surfaced in the 1970’s. Scientific studies into emotional physiology and neurocardiology advance the understanding of heart-brain interactions.
The groundbreaking work of Dr. Andrew Armour introduced the “Heart Brain” concept in 1991. The recent book, Neurocardiology, edited by Dr. Armour and Dr. Jeffery Ardell gives an overview of the Heart Brain.
Clinicians Teach and Supervise Clients
For a modest investment, clients have sole use of their own small biofeedback unit. They can practice at their convenience. This saves clients’ money as their practice does not need scheduled therapy times.
The psychologists/clinicians take part through the company’s affiliate program. The clinicians are the clients’ experts and personal trainers.
Working with the clients, the clinician introduces the workings of the unit. Exercises in operant conditioning teach clients to change destructive body reactivity. The psychologist works with clients until they have mastered their exercises and equipment.
Unique Feedback System
From the results of research, a validated hardware/software system developed. The system teaches clients to create an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating together.
The clinicians teach clients to attach monitors on their bodies. Then heart rhythm patterns show on clients’ computers in real time. The client’s computer operates the monitoring system. The client practices the exercises and reacts to stimuli.
The results show when clients have created coherence. Coherence is an optimal state in which heart, mind and emotions are operating in-sync and balanced. When clients reach coherence, the computer gives pleasant rewards to the clients. The rewards are music or the clients progress in a computer game. The clients’ tasks are to return the body to the non-reactive state prior before the stimuli.
Exciting Promise for Treating Many Health Challenges
And for Making Your Practice Intriguing and Profitable
The optimal practice of psychology includes a feedback system. Such systems help clinicians maintain a competitive edge. Alternative health care modalities are part of the current mind-body therapies.
Referrals from medical personnel help keep a practice profitable. Medical personnel take advantage of providing pychophysiological treatments for their patients’ health. The Clients’ progress depends on their motivation to practice with the monitoring systems.
Clinician support and guidance will help clients take part in their own health. Of course, the real motivator is the benefits gained. Huge jumps toward health can gained! Providing the proper support and treatment guidance is vital for clients to find success.
Higher probabilities of client success is possible using biofeedback and brings the practice up to date with scientific knowledge.
Biofeedback is particularly important for treating difficult client challenges. Serious mental or physical health challenges often need the special therapy provided by biofeedback.
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