Biofeedback Training

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OVERVIEW: Biofeedback at the Danskin Performance Enhancement Center

OVERVIEW:

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

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.


PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Students may learn to regulate their own mental, emotional, and other physiological responses to stressor events in their life. Self-regulation is learned through the use of biofeedback. Biofeedback uses instantaneous cues of body changes such as muscle tension (EMG), skin conductance (EDR), skin temperature, and brain wave activity (EEG). Gaining self-regulation ability to manage stress responses can assist student performance in the classroom, in social interactions, during athletic events, and in job situations. For more information on the use of stress management/biofeedback skills in sports performance enhancement, see Sports.

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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