Biofeedback

Biofeedback is not so mysterious as most people imagine.  If you are able to read this, you have used biofeedback techniques and may not have known.  As a child someone handed you utensils and wanted you to get the food in your mouth with them. At first they were awkward, and putting your face or fist in the dish accomplished the task more efficiently.Eventually you trained your arm muscles and your mouth muscles to work in a coordinated manner and meal time became neater….hopefully that biofeedback lesson took or you are an embarrassment in restaurants.

Mirrors are biofeedback tools that let you see if you need to use another tool to change your appearance…brush, toothbrush, lipstick, ah tweezers  See… you have used feedback to alter yourself.   These are other tools you can use: temp sensors, heart rate and blood pressure monitors If you want to see if changing your diet makes a change…if you want to see how hard you can push yourself….Use these ‘mirrors’.  The entire concept is to see what you ‘look’ like and learn how to make a modification to improve the tested area.  Sometimes cultivating and developing the use of awareness makes the biggest difference of all.

note…most items in the Glow in the Dark section are also biofeedback tools as well as toys

 

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0029YEVMI” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WiMVEt-fL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″] Compact,  one of the best little self testers I know. Do you know your target heart rate? Do you want to not stop exercising to see how close you are to your limit…there it is on your finger, change your intensity to keep within your predetermined limits. Do you know how efficiently you are breathing?  Some people unconsciously hold their breath and  do not have an efficient oxygen exchange  system. tracking the O2 levels may help someone recognize when they need to exhale so they can get more fresh air in.  Many people who use oxygen at home find it helpful to know how the body is using the air that they get.   Information of patterns of readings may be helpful to  their medical professionals.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004C3OWUU” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5170C8Ao53L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]  This is very handy for those who are trying meditation or any other techniques that is designed to lower your blood pressure. It provides near instant feedback does not have to removed between readings if you are doing a series of progressive checks.  Do you want to see if brainwave music affects you blood pressure differently than Cannibal Corpse’s play them on Pandora and see. I like wrist  monitors because I don’t have to mess with a stethoscope and it is easy to read. Having a simple monitor like this is one of the best proofs that body scans (a meditative sequence) work.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004QITHBU” locale=”us” height=”36″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413HhjpuS9L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″] These simple temperature cards provide a quick check.  multi-pack allow you to keep one in several locations and share with friends (which by the way are another great source of feedback). It is very rewarding to have something that shows progress in such a simple manner.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000227MP2″ locale=”us” height=”74″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41s0Otwlz4L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″] Same concept as the cards but this gives specific temperatures so if doing meditations, exercises  or want to see how long it takes your temperature to normalize when you come in from the cold. This is a very basic biofeedback tool since temperature changes in fingers or toes is a direct indicator of blood flow. Learning to voluntarily change this number effects blood pressure, cardiac efficiency,   I always found it fascinating to see if the right side changes as much as the left when I’m working on it.

 

[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B000IOLQDI” locale=”us” height=”57″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z6HCEGPML._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″] A true biofeedback game with hardware and software included. “The Inner Tube Biofeedback Game uses your thoughts and feelings to control a ship through a 3D environment. The software uses heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV) and galvanic skin response (GSR) to control the ship’s speed and to alter the in-game environment. The Inner Tube includes 20 tunnel levels that vary in difficulty. Your object is to race through the tunnels as quickly as possible. Your biofeedback measurements are used to control the ship’s speed, the transparency of the tunnel, the visibility of the sky, the autopilot skill, the music volume, the reflectivity of the ship and more. A helpful line graph on the bottom of the screen displays your biofeedback readings as you progress through the game. Navigation can be on autopilot or it can be controlled with a keyboard or joystick. This package also includes the complete Wild Divine, The Passage hardware and software. The Wild Divine is a Thought Controlled Biofeedback Video Game Adventure This biofeedback computer game helps to integrate mind and body to reduce stress, improve mental and physical performance, increase focus and creativity, and promote total wellness. During the game, you move through enchanting and mystical landscapes using the power of your thoughts, feelings, breath and awareness. Wise mentors guide you throughout the realm, empowering you with yoga, breathing and meditation skills needed to complete over 40 biofeedback ‘energy’ events. Build stairways with your breath, open doors with meditation, juggle balls with your laughter, and so much more. The Journey makes biofeedback, a popular method of alternative healthcare, easily accessible and empowers you to take mind-body wellness, literally, into your own hands.” This toy can help you learn to control… yourself

 

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001V2ZM7W” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/310QIhk%2B3wL._SL110_.jpg” width=”86″]  Anal Probe and biofeedback unit for Kegals exercise. This device is used to retrain muscles whose failure leads to incontinence.  The  pubococcygeus muscle  is like a hammock that supports the pelvic floor. Many people given instructions to tighten this muscle will contract both the abdominal and thigh muscles.  This unit deals with an embarrassing problem in the privacy of your own home.  This is especially helpful after tearing of tissues during a vaginal birth. Voluntary control of the posterior part of the muscle takes pressure off the anterior muscles  and helps a quicker return to continence. [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0871272598″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z%2BbQRpj5L._SL110_.jpg” width=”87″]The book Pelvic Power contains one of the best look at the anatomy of the area and suggest several exercises that go way beyond “interrupt the flow of pee”.  I’ve listed this book here with this because if you want a good idea what those exercises are trying to accomplish, Eric Franklin says it better than anybody I’ve ever read

 

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