Biofeedback is an exciting choice for those wanting to improve
their lives. It is often used in place of "traditional"
medical practices (especially as an alternative to the use of prescription
drugs) for a broad spectrum of disorders including, but not limited
to: ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder,
and sleep disorders. Biofeedback is used to alleviate stress,
boost academic performance, and to teach relaxation skills. Although biofeedback is a relative newcomer to the fields of medicine, education, and other relevant
fields, there is a growing body of research that indicates it's efficacy
is quite significant and yet it often struggles to gain acceptance
due to the fact that many of its practices fly in the face of
those propagated by established, and highly lucrative, businesses
(especially drug manufacturers). Obviously, big pharmaceutical
companies stand to lose considerable revenue
should consumers recognize the potential that biofeedback currently
has to offer.
Unlike pharmaceutical companies and their cohorts in the medical
field, the use of biofeedback is not currently regulated to the
same extent - nor should it be. At the moment, consumers are able
to seek out and purchase a variety of biofeedback devices - and
are often able to do so with the advice and consent of medical professionals
- for personal use. While many of these devices are extremely simple
to use, others are not. This site is designed as a support for those
using such devices in the home.
Biofeedback vs. "Traditional" Approaches
One of the problems that biofeedback has faced in being accepted
by some of those in the "traditional" medical and educational
communities, is that it was often associated with the psychedelic
culture of the 1960's when biofeedback was first beginning to be
subjected to legitimate research. At that time, many were using
biofeedback as an attempt to gain "alternative states of mind"
and, sadly, this has impacted the opinions of many today. Time and
continued research; however, have consistently demonstrated that
biofeedback is a highly effective form of therapy that can enhance the lives of many.
Furthermore, many (but not all) of the old biases against it are
simply unfounded and undeserved.
Sorting Through the Biofeedback Quagmire
There are now many places on the Internet to find information
on biofeedback. These sites range from those dedicated entirely
to professionals conducting research to "new agey" sites
that (often rightfully) scare away even the most progressive individuals
due to the large amount of bogus and flawed "research"
and false claims. With such an enormous amount of material to sift
through, it is extremely easy for biofeedback newbies to get lost
in the chaos. Hopefully, this site will help "home trainers"
to make some sense of the biofeedback maelstrom.
This site is divided into several sections in order to better assist
home trainers. These sections include:
- Biofeedback - Provides an overview
of the various types of biofeedback now available and serves as
a gateway for additional information.
- Equipment Reviews - Find
out what other home (and other) users have to say about the equipment
- Book Reviews - Sorting through
books written on the subject can be a daunting task. Submit your
opinions and read what others have to say.
- Glossary - As with any other new
field or discipline, biofeedback has an ever-expanding lexicon.
To further complicate matters, different terms are often used
to describe the same thing.
- Forum - Communicate with other home trainers.
- Resources - Looking for equipment
or supplies? We're compiling lists of those who cater to home
- About Biofeedback Home Trainers - Just
a blurb about who we are, disclaimers, and other such matters.