biofeedback


bio·feed·back

noun \-ˈfēd-ˌbak\

: the technique of controlling things in your body (such as heartbeats or brain waves) with your conscious mind

Full Definition of BIOFEEDBACK

:  the technique of making unconscious or involuntary bodily processes (as heartbeats or brain waves) perceptible to the senses (as by the use of an oscilloscope) in order to manipulate them by conscious mental control

First Known Use of BIOFEEDBACK

1970

bio·feed·back

noun \-ˈfēd-ˌbak\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIOFEEDBACK

: the technique of making unconscious or involuntary bodily processes (as heartbeat or brain waves) perceptible to the senses (as by the use of an oscilloscope) in order to manipulate them by conscious mental control

biofeedback

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Information supplied instantaneously about an individual's own physiological processes. Data concerning cardiovascular activity (blood pressure and heart rate), temperature, brain waves, or muscle tension is monitored electronically and returned or “fed back” to the individual through a gauge on a meter, a light, or a sound. The goal is for the patient to use that biological data to learn to voluntarily control the body's reactions to stressful external events. A type of behaviour therapy, biofeedback training is sometimes used in combination with psychotherapy to help patients understand and change their habitual reactions to stress. Complaints treated through biofeedback include migraine headaches, gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, and epileptic seizures.

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