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:
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
Biofeedback & Stress Awareness
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the treatment sessions, biofeedback procedures help the brain to release good chemicals that act like medication.
ADD/ADHD like symptoms
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome or other Inflammatory Bowel diseases triggered by stress
Poor muscle control
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.