BIOFEEDBACK SOCIETY OF ILLINOIS




INTRODUCTION

The Biofeedback Society of Illinois (BSI) is a statewide organization of clinicians, researchers, educators, and students interested in the application of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback training for the treatment and prevention of a variety of medical and psychological conditions. It is a State Chapter of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). BSI provides continuing education, consumer referrals, and access to resources about biofeedback therapy and provider training.

WHAT IS BIOFEEDBACK TRAINING?

Biofeedback training is a learning process that uses electronic instrumentation to help one learn to manage physiological responses of which one is not ordinarily aware. Since the late 1960's, biofeedback training has been used to help people alter peripheral blood flow, muscle activity, heart rate and blood pressure, brain wave activity, as well as other physiological responses often thought to have been beyond voluntary control. Biofeedback-assisted physical changes are accompanied by feelings of relaxation, improved motor control, and often by relief of dysfunctional physical and/or emotional symptoms. It is used in physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, and psychotherapy. It is used for improving performance in sport and in the arts. When biofeedback training is used in conjunction with other psychophysiological treatment methods it is called biofeedback therapy.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

There are a wide variety of applications for the use of biofeedback therapy. Current research shows itís effectiveness in treating the following disorders:

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit with HyperActivity Disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine & Tension Type Headaches
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Raynaud's Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction
  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

BIOFEEDBACK PROVIDERS

Clinicians who provide biofeedback therapy come from a variety of professional backgrounds including: allied health, mental health, medicine, social work, and education. Most providers receive their training in biofeedback therapy after, or in addition to, their primary discipline. There is a nationally recognized certification that requires specific academic coursework, clinical supervision, practical and written exams, and renewal every five years. The certifying organization is the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). The certification credential is listed as BCIAC (BCIA certified) or BCIA-PMDB (BCIA certification in pelvic muscle disfunction biofeedback.) Certification is not required for BSI membership.


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