Biofeedback & Mind, Body Medicine

Naturally decrease stress, Improve relaxation, & Improve focus

Learning a new way of orienting to stress to help alleviate it’s influence on the body through natural mind body medicine techniques & Biofeedback

Learn how Biofeedback & Mind Body Medicine techniques can bring about an improves sense of well being and improve your ability to change how you react to stress in your daily life.

Do you wish to be alert, adaptable, and live in balance through you day?
Do you take the time and space to be fully present in the moment, to enjoy what life has to offer?

Fit Naturopathic physicians use a process-oriented, mindfulness-based, natural exploration of how to respond to daily stressors in your life without aggravating your health. Standard medicine practices emphasize the eradication and elimination of disease, while there is a time and place for these approaches, providing your body with the space, presence and materials it is looking for helps build and improve your health naturally.

By examining your thought processes, personal stories, and identifying how your thoughts and feelings are held within the body, you can become more fluid mentally, re-establish focus, understand your body and symptoms, and begin to build and restructure new healthy habits. By re-framing core beliefs that influence and sustain your current habits and behaviors, you can begin to live in a more balanced state. Biofeedback training assists this process by highlighting your normal physiologic symptoms while discussing your health.

During the process you become more aware of how you inhabit your body, and how your thoughts and emotions live within your breath, mind, and body.

The providers at Fit Naturopathic Center combines the art of naturopathic medicine, breath, and bodywork to restore energetic and autonomic balance, so you can keep your mind and body fit and stress free.

Mind Body Medicine Techniques:

biofeedback and mindfulnessMindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a systematic approach of meditation and focus without judgement. Exploring ways to incorporate mindfulness into the day is a way to help support a more balanced nervous system, increased focus and attention in work, life, and social situations. Can be helpful for treatment of ADD/ADHD, general stress, and improving overall motivation, and fosters improved interpersonal relationships.

breath training for stress and anxiety

Your breath reflects your personal microbiological narrative – the stories and attitudes you hold about yourself and others, your habitual physical patterns and fixations and how you engage with the world around you. Do you contract and tense, or do you soften and settle? With Breath work you can immediately begin feeling the results of using a mind body medicine technique to calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure, and encourage improved relaxation

Natural Low Back Pain treatment in BallardPosture is key to how we see the world.  How often do we find ourselves looking downward at the ground or at our phone? It has a significant impact on mental and emotional well being. Posture can be improved with in office spinal manipulation, kinesio taping, and exercise training.
Visualization and AnxietyVisualization techniques help develop a way to retrace past memories that provided compassion, safety, warmth, and overall sense of well being. Additionally visualization can provide the opportunity to address fears, worries, difficult emotions, or major events that we don’t feel we are ready to address yet such as public speaking or traveling on a plane. Practicing visualization techniques can be a great way to practice your performance.
biofeedback and mindfulnessAutogenics training is a type of self hypnosis to help address symptoms like migraines, raynoud’s disease, and IBS or irritable bowel syndrom. A series of autogenics trainings can help reduce overall stress related symptoms and even improve ones ability to fall asleep at night.


Biofeedback & Stress Awareness

Biofeedback training for stress and anxiety in Ballard

Biofeedback training in Ballard at Fit Wellness Centers uses various sensors to detect your stress and relaxation response

Focusing on body sensations is important, whether we are hyper aware or not, it can consume our attention and focus as we feel these sensations, our heart beat pumping faster or harder, or tension in our body more than is comfortable. Utilizing biofeedback sensors including Heart rate, Respiration, Muscle Tension, Sweat Response, and Temperature when we are stressed or relaxed can help us understand how our body is responding to stress and how it fits with symptoms or disease.

Biofeedback Sensors:

Temperature Biofeedback

Thermister sensor to track response to relaxation

The Temperature Sensor has been designed for monitoring very small temperature changes in the peripheral extremities. A stressful event, arousal or in other words, sympathetic nervous system activity, can lead to a vasoconstriction in the peripheral extremities, causing a decrease in temperature.   The Temperature sensor can measure changes smaller 1/1000th of a degree. Using a thermistor, a small tip which is usually placed on the palmar surface of one of the fingers, often the non-dominant hand.

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in Ballard, Seattle

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback is used to help treat hypertension, and assess nervous system balance during breathing exercises

By using the HR Sensor, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) can be acquired: this refers to the rise and fall of heart rate synchronized with breathing (faster on inhale, slower on the exhale).

The magnitude of this systematic variability seems to reflect a healthy alternation between two autonomic influences of the heart beat: sympathetic and parasympathetic. By calming one’s emotional state and by making the breathing slower and more regular, the HRV can be increased, at least temporarily.

Using the respiration sensor in combination with the HR Sensor in order to monitor both breathing and heart rate for several biofeedback applications can be used to find an ideal breathing rate for an individual that maximizes HRV.

Respiration Biofeedback training at Fit Naturopathic Center in Ballard

Respiration Biofeedback is a common tool for helping to relax and treat anxiety, blood pressure, and more.

The respiration sensor is used to monitor abdominal or thoracic breathing, in biofeedback applications such as stress management and relaxation training. Besides measuring breathing frequency, this sensor also gives you an indication of the relative depth of breathing.

In combination with the BVP Sensor you have a great tool for monitoring Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Respiration can influence your heart rate, when breathing in a certain way. When breathing, one will notice that the heart rate will go faster on inhale and slower on exhale.

The Muscle sensor or EMG sensor can assess direct muscle tension, and can help promote awareness about asymmetry in the shoulders, or addressing chronic pain, headaches, migraines, that are aggravated by stress and increased muscle tension. Tension in the body can be present for a variety of reasons, and often can be traced back to a traumatic event, or prior injury, and over time can lead to chronic pain.

Often times the fastest sensor to respond, the GSR, or galvanic skin response, can be the quickest measure of a person being in the fight or flight response or the rest and digest state. Often elevated when we are thinking, nervous, or anticipating a stressful event.

Biofeedback FAQ

No, Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment whereby sensors are attached to the body for recording biological information. This information is then displayed on the equipment monitors to provide a variety of readings–feedback– for the patient to observe. In addition the team will provide real time feedback on your posture, visual cues to stress, in an effort to help you understand your stress response.
Biofeedback can be like a mirror for individuals to help them become more aware of their psycho physiological processes. Electronic monitoring of (ever-changing) biological conditions such as muscle tension, skin surface temperature, galvanic skin response (anxiety), blood pressure, and heart rate can be enlightening: immediate awareness of one’s own psycho physiological processes allows one to deliberately change them.
During the treatment sessions, biofeedback procedures help the brain to release good chemicals that act like medication.
Your first appointment will include a comprehensive Initial Consultation, biofeedback assessment of your problem using the equipment, educational information about our program, and a treatment plan of your unique condition and difficulties is developed. In subsequent sessions, our experts will train you how to control physical changes in your body that usually occur involuntarily in order to help you with your specific condition using the biofeedback equipment. You will also be guided through a relaxation session at every visit.
The goal of the biofeedback program is to help patients modify stress responses and self-regulate their physiological process in order to achieve a new way of orienting to stressors and a more balanced nervous system. It is a normal stress response to brace muscles, accelerate heart rate, and raise blood pressure in the presence of an unchangeable stressor, but over time this can have ill-effects on the health if left unchecked. By training the patient to deliberately regulate muscle activity, electrodermal responses, vascular responses, heart rate, and blood pressure, the patient is essentially controlling their reaction to stress/pain. The need for medication to control stress or pain is reduced or eliminated.
Conditions for which mind-body medicine techniques can be helpful include:

ADD/ADHD like symptoms
Chronic pain
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome or other Inflammatory Bowel diseases triggered by stress
Poor muscle control
Raynaud’s disease
Urinary (or bowel) incontinence or frequency.

Schedule an Appointment for Mind Body Medicine

At an appointment for Biofeedback or mind-body medicine, Dr. Andrew Simon or Dr. Jessica Wendling can guide you through stress-reduction exercises that can be done at home. If needed, he will also will monitor your body’s physiological reactions such as respiration, heartbeat, temperature and even muscle tension in office. This awareness of body responses helps to highlight and aid your understanding of your own stress response to help reduce anxiety, depression, or changes to your physiology.