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Kansas State University
Counseling and Psychological Services
1105 Sunset Ave, Rm 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm

785-532-3932 (fax)

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPS is not offering Biofeedback at this time.  Check back soon!


What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback helps people alter their behaviors with physiological feedback.

  • Biofeedback training can help improve performance (e.g., test anxiety, athletic performance, and public speaking) and our relationship with the natural stress response.
  • Biofeedback uses sensors to measure, process, and “feedback” information about your physiology.
  • Through practice between sessions, biofeedback helps individuals improve their ability to manage emotional and physical concerns.

There are multiple types of biofeedback offered at Counseling Services:



Respiratory Biofeedback (breathing)

Uses a flexible band, placed around the abdomen, to monitor breathing pattern and respiration rate.

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback

Uses respiration band and finger sensors to measure relationship between heart rate and respiration rate.

Surface EMG Biofeedback (muscle tension)

Uses sensors placed over skeletal muscles (e.g., neck, forearms, shoulders) to monitor muscle tension.

EDA (sweat gland)

Uses sensors placed around the fingers to monitor changes in skin moisture produced by sweating.

Thermal Biofeedback (temperature)

Uses sensors placed on the fingers to measure peripheral blood flow to the skin.


  • You do not have to be a client at CAPS to participate in biofeedback.
  • You may call to request a biofeedback appointment. You may also be referred to biofeedback by your individual therapist or medical provider.
  • Biofeedback workshops are available all year round.
  • Biofeedback is 1-4 sessions and requires daily practice between sessions. Optimal benefits can only be reached if you dedicate time and effort to your practice.
  • Sessions are generally scheduled on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Sessions range from 40-50 minutes.
  • Biofeedback is free.