Biofeedback can help maintain and promote the health and performance of your staff. This reduces the number of days lost through illness and prevents stress and burnout. Biofeedback can also be used in the personnel field to relieve muscular tension and anxiety states or to correct physical posture.

Training programs

  • BFBEL - Tolerance Test

    Examples of applications

    • stress management
    • psychosomatic stress-related problems
    • psychophysiological stress tolerance

    Description
    The aim of the program is to identify how the client reacts in an active stress situation.

    Using clicks of the mouse the client assesses the shape, colour and accompanying acoustic signal of a geometric figure that moves about the screen. The computer continuously adapts the speed of presentation to the client’s performance. This subjects the client to the optimum level of persistent stress.

  • BFEDA - SCL Relaxation Exercises

    Examples of applications

    • relaxation training
    • stress reduction

    Description
    With the aid of feedback on skin conductivity the client learns to consciously control the habitual level of arousal and the level of sympathetic nervous system activity.

    Internal tension results in increased activity of the sweat glands and hence in a higher skin conductance level (electrodermal activity or EDA). When the arousal level changes, the skin conductance reaction occurs almost immediately (within 0.6 – 6.0 seconds). It is therefore an excellent indicator of the relationship between physical and emotional processes.  

    In EDA relaxation exercises you can choose between the following types of feedback:

    • Face:
      When skin conductance falls, the face on the screen smiles.
    • Morphing:
      A transformation occurs – for example, a frog turns into a prince.
    • Depiction for children
      Figures suitable for children (such as a dog or a clown) change their position.
    • Jigsaw puzzle
      Missing pieces are added to a jigsaw puzzle.
  • BFEMG - Electromyography

    Examples of applications

    • cervical syndrome
    • back pain
    • tinnitus
    • EMG relaxation exercises

    Description
    The client attempts to deliberately relax tense muscles. Either line feedback or threshold training can be used.

    For cervical syndrome and back pain readings can be taken from the left and right sides of the back simultaneously. The program displays the readings on the same axis so that the two muscle tensions can be directly compared.

    Four different frequency ranges (for slow and fast muscle fibres) and seven different measurement ranges (adjustable amplification) enable optimally adapted training to be provided in any situation.

  • BFHRV - Heart rate variability

    Heart rate variability (HRV) refers to an organism's ability to continuously adapt the interval between heartbeats to situational requirements. Physical strain or mental stress result in a quickening of the heart rate, which falls again during relaxation and recovery.
    Heart rate variability is a good indicator of health status, stress tolerance, resilience and biological age. Restricted heart rate variability is a sign of labile health, burnout, depressiveness and a biological age that is higher than actual age.

    Examples of applications

    • reducing mental and physiological tension
    • psychosomatic disorders
    • supporting therapy for heart disease
    • psychovegetative exhaustion
    • insomnia
    • high blood pressure
    • coping with stress and anxiety
    • increasing DHEA levels (the "youth hormone")
    • irritable bowel syndrome

    Description
    The training aims to achieve coherence of breathing, pulse and blood pressure. Three training forms are provided for this purpose.

  • BFREC - Voice and Video Recorder

    Examples of applications

    • taking case history
    • investigative interviews
    • therapy for anxiety disorders
    • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    Description
    The voice and video recorder can be used during a therapeutic conversation to record the conversation itself at the same time as physiological parameters. The video recorder function is new: this enables the discussion to be recorded as a video (this is in addition to the sound recording function, which is still available).

    In the review after the session, conspicuous physiological parameters can be matched precisely to the point in the conversation at which they occurred. To avoid undesirable feedback reactions, the monitor should be positioned where the client cannot see it.

    Signals from up to seven radio modules (or 32 channels) can be transmitted simultaneously. This enables the physiological parameters of a number of people to be monitored in a group setting if required.

  • BFRESP - Breathing Exercises

    Examples of applications
    relaxation training
    essential hypertonia
    bronchial asthma
    migraine, panic attacks, agoraphobia

    Description
    This procedure, developed by Dr. Rudolf Marx, uses the display of an ideal respiration curve to help the client acquire an efficient and correct style of breathing.

  • BFSTAT - Statistical Module

    The statistical module enables data obtained with Biofeedback 2000x-pert to be prepared for further statistical analysis in standard statistics programs. This enables comparisons to be made for study purposes between sessions or individuals or within a session.

    The following settings are available:

    Intervals
    You define the intervals that are of interest. You can choose from several selection methods: automatically defined by markers, relative to a session and absolutely positioned.

    Measurement channels
    You select the relevant measurement channels

    Interval parameters
    You decide which parameters of the selected intervals will be calculated (mean, median, minimum, maximum, gradient, standard deviation etc.).

    During the calculation process the program can smooth out data and remove spikes.

    Data can be exported in an SPSS format or in tab-separated form (e.g. for Excel).

  • BFSTR - Activation Screening/ Stress Test

    Examples of applications

    • stress management
    • psychosomatic stress-related problems
    • analysis of response-related physiological parameters

    Description
    This test identifies the vegetative systems (cardiovascular, skin conductance, muscle tone etc.) that show the most marked response to stress for the client. It also enables information to be gathered on the trend of emotional processes (e.g. anticipatory anxiety) over time and how stressful situations are dealt with.

    Activation screening is divided into four phases:

    1. Relaxation phase (baseline)
    2. Preparatory phase
    3. Confrontation phase with a stress inducer (visual and acoustic)
    4. Relaxation phase
  • BFVASO - Blood Circulation

    Examples of applications

    • Raynaud's disease
    • migraine
    • essential hypertonia
    • temperature training for general relaxation

    Description
    In this type of training the client increases the blood flow to the hands through relaxation.

    Changes in peripheral blood supply are controlled by the blood vessel mechanism – that is, by sympathetic arousal of the vasoconstrictor fibres. As a person relaxes, the blood vessels widen and blood flow increases. The hands become warmer. Feedback is provided via the temperature sensor.

    Two programs are available:

    Sun
    By warming the hand the client causes the sun to rise. When the training goal is reached, the process starts again.

    Visual stimulus presentation
    The program displays a series of pictures which convey increasing degrees of coldness. While watching the pictures the client attempts to keep the hand temperature as stable as possible. This function can only be used in combination with the special training program “Confrontation training with picture sequences” (BFKON).

    You can also incorporate your own pictures into the program.

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