Biofeedback Training

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OVERVIEW: Danskin Performance Enhancement Center - Biofeedback Center

A part of K-State Counseling Services, the Danskin Performance Enhancement Center is staffed with biofeedback specialists and graduate-level professionals with specific training to help individuals develop self-regulation skills in areas of academic performance enhancement (e.g. test taking, public speaking, musical performances), stress management, chronic health conditions management (e.g. bruxism, migraine and tension headaches, hypertension, acne, and ulcers), and sports performance enhancement. Created in January 1995, this program features 2 F1000 and 4 Infiniti biofeedback systems. K-State has a long history of leadership in the use of biofeedback for student learning.

WHAT IS BIOFEEDBACK?

  • The computerized monitoring of body responses to enable learning self-regulation skills.
  • Increased awareness of changes in your physiological and emotional levels of arousal.
  • Unlike drugs or surgery, it does nothing to you in and of itself, rather you learn skills to better manage your life.

WHAT TYPES OF BIOFEEDBACK ARE USED AT K-STATE?

  • Skin temperature
  • Electro-dermal graph/EDR/Sweat
  • Electromyography/EMG/Muscle tension
  • Heart Rate
  • Respiration
  • Electroencephalograph/EEG/Brain waves
  • Neurobiofeedback

BIOFEEDBACK WORKSHOPS

A series of three workshops to help:

  • With everyday stress, test and public speaking anxiety, problems from stress related physical conditions such as migraine or tension headaches, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and concentration problems.
  • Learn to regulate the physical results of negative emotional states that are barriers. 
  • Learn to control levels of anxiety that interfere with performance. 
  • Learn to improve motivation, focus, and concentration. 

The workshops are located in Counseling Services and the cost is $7 per session ($21 for all three weeks).  Please contact Counseling Services at 785-532-6927 or Matt Reiser, Ph.D. at mreiser@k-state.edu for more information and to sign up.

  • Fridays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- September 26, October 3, and October 10
  • Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- October 22, October 29, and November 5th

WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE EASED BY LEARNING THESE SKILLS?*

  • Everyday stress.
  • Test and public speaking anxiety.
  • Problems from stress related physical conditions such as:
    • Migraine or tension headaches
    • Bruxism
    • Hypertension
    • Raynaud's Disease
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Test Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Concentration Problem

* Because biofeedback has no essential effect like drugs or surgery, it is not an instant cure for any of these problems or conditions.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN SELF-REGULATION SKILLS?

The time to learn any skill varies from person to person, this is also the case with self-regulation skills.

Five to six weeks is usually the minimum. It may take several months for some people, and people with stress-related physical problems could take even longer.

The skills become useful only if you practice them daily! Learning new habits and gaining new skills takes commitment, time, and practice. The good news is that practicing takes only a few minutes each day and, because the exercises feel good, you may find yourself using the skills several times each day!

HOW TO BEGIN BIOFEEDBACK TRAINING

STEP 1: Come to Counseling Services at 232 English/Counseling Service Building or go online to complete paperwork needed before scheduling an appointment with a counselor.

STEP 2: Attend the initial session with a CS staff member who will gather information and assess your needs, and make recommendations that may or may not include biofeedback.

STEP 3: If you are referred for biofeedback services, the initial biofeedback session is free and will provide an overview of biofeedback.  Any additional biofeedback sessions will cost $7 per session.

STEP 4: You will be encouraged to continue with weekly sessions until you have mastered some of these skills and are using them on a daily basis in your everyday life. The number of sessions needed varies per person and issue.

 

SPORT PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Why Is A Focused Mind Important In Sports?

Physical and mental aspects of performance are interconnected. This interaction is crucial for a "peak performance." Personal/emotional concerns (depression, stress, etc.) can reduce the chance for successful outcomes.

Our performance Enhancement Clinic offers advancements in the mental aspects of athletic competition and performance. Research shows that mental training, in addition to physical training, can improve results much more than physical training alone.

Learn how to solve problems and manage individual concerns. Skills can be learned that create a positive self concept, focused attention, mental rehearsal, and high energy which can improve overall performance.

What Can I Do To Enhance Performance?

  • Learn to regulate the physical results of negative emotional states that are barriers.
  • Learn to control levels of anxiety that interfere with performance.
  • Learn to cope with physical injury and fears of recurrence.
  • Learn to improve motivation, focus, and concentration.
  • Learn to set goals and invent programs for reaching those goals.
  • Learn to handle setbacks in training or overcome personal limitations.
  • Transfer valuable athletic skills into other arenas such as academics and work.

Services at the Performance Enhancement Clinic

  • Individual Consultation
  • Career Counseling
  • Enhanced Academic Skills
  • Learning Assessment
  • Biofeedback: Guided Imagery and Visualization
  • Relaxation Training
  • Pain Management
  • Dealing with Mental Barriers

Classes in:

  • Career Planning
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Stress Management

THE FOCUSED WARRIOR

During the summer of 2008 a training program for the self-regulation of mental and physical arousal in combat sports was conducted with the Air Force ROTC. Leadership for the program was provided by Arthur Rathbun and Jeff Lewis. A full description of the program can be found here.

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