Expanding the Biofeedback Field

Posted in Uncategorized by biofeedbackresources on March 3rd, 2012

In an effort to continue to support the growth of the biofeedback field Biofeedback Resources International continues to serve as the Corporate sponsor of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS).  The focus of their April 20-23 conference is expanding biofeedback popularity, use, and availability.  To that end Mark Schwartz, director of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE) will be presenting information on the BFE-LFB Learn from the Best program.  This program helps people outside of the biofeedback field learn how they can incorporate biofeedback into their current work to improve results and add new revenue streams. 

 

For more information:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9233094.htm

 

 

 

 

The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) provides certification in biofeedback , EEG/Neurofeedback, and Pelvic Muscle Disorder biofeedback.  Certification is an important step in beginning or continuing a career in biofeedback.  It helps establish a person as a serious professional.  Many of the training programs available also provide continuing education credits for licensed psychologists and other healthcare professionals. 

 

Read more about biofeedback training:

 

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9237127.htm

 

Learn how Dr. Adam Kirkpatrick is using biofeedback to help singers improve the quality of their voice.  His new Voice Software Suite will be launched at the AAPB conference in Baltimore, MD March 8-10, 2012.

 

Learn more about Dr. Kirkpatrick and his Voice Software.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9233225.htm

 

 




Black History in Biofeedback

Posted in Uncategorized by biofeedbackresources on February 15th, 2012

Dr. Eugene Peniston was an African-American man with a Cherokee grandmother.

Dr. Eugene Peniston developed extremely effective neurofeedback protocols for helping individuals with alcoholism, substance abuse, and PTSD symptoms.   Neurofeedback uses computer interfaced instruments for measuring and giving visual and auditory feedback on electrical activity produced in the brain.  The feedback helps to reinforce positive changes in brain activity which can reduce symptoms.  Dr. Peniston developed the protocols at a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Colorado with assistance from Dr. Paul Kulkosky .  They performed research using the protocols with veterans and published the results in a number of studies. 

Dr. Eugene Peniston moved to Bonham, TX and became Chief of Psychology at the Samuel Rayburn Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Peniston made the keynote address to the 29th annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) in Orlando Florida.

Although Dr. Peniston has passed away several years ago, many neurofeedback practitioners continue to use the protocols to successfully help many people suffering from these conditions.  With the return of many war veterans suffering with PTSD, insomnia, Traumatic Brain Injury, anxiety, headaches, and substance abuse, protocols like the ones developed by Dr. Peniston will continue to have a positive effect for generations to come.

I had the honor of being introduced to Dr. Peniston by Adam Crane at an AAPB conference many years ago.  I had heard a lot about his work before meeting him.  As a young man at the time it was very encouraging for me to meet such an accomplished biofeedback professional and to find that he looked like me. 

I would like to honor the memory of Dr. Eugene Peniston during this Black History Month 2012 for developing his protocols that continues to help veterans and non-veterans who suffer with substance abuse, alcoholism, and PTSD.

More information on Dr. Peniston: http://www.forests.com/drpenst1.html

http://www.neurodynamic.info/uploads/Peniston_2_1_.pdf

http://www.aaets.org/article47.htm

 

Please share information on Dr. Peniston or any others who deserve to be honored.

For more information on biofeedback and neurofeedback training contact:

Harry L. Campbell

Biofeedback Resources International

www.biofeedbackinternational.com

www.mindbodydevices.com

Facebook: Biofeedback Resources International

Twitter: biofeedbackman

 




Biofeedback, Stress & Illness

Posted in News, NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on February 10th, 2012

Up to 90% of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by a stress-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Biofeedback is an effective way to reduce the negative effects of stress.  Why is that important?  Because stress can make you sick and can even lead to death if uncontrolled.  We can learn to do something about stress.  Biofeedback helps you to control things like your heart rate, muscle tension, and brainwaves.  Your body should normally recover from stress reactions quickly and return to a normal, balanced state.  That doesn’t always happen.  Biofeedback measures how much change there is and in what direction it is.  You can then use biofeedback to measure the effects of techniques like guided relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation to see the positive effects and the return to a balanced state.

 

 

Here is a link to a good presentation on stress and illness:

http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/myers8einmodules/content/cat_570/PDFs/Module%2041.pdf

 

Here is an example of how stress can affect health.  Stress probably played a part in the quick death of former coach of the Penn State University football team Joe Paterno. 

 

Although he was at an advanced age he was still coaching up to a few months before he passed.  I strongly doubt that he would have passed so soon.  Imagine after such a record breaking, long career and the honor he received, to be fired and have his career end in a cloud of scandal.  Now that’s stress.  Here is an article that talks about it more.

 

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/sex-relationships/lifesolutions/post/2012-01-22/how-stress-may-have-played-a-role-in-paternos-death/609444/1

 

 

Harry L. Campbell

www.biofeedbackinternational.com  (healthcare professionals)

www.mindbodydevices.com   (general public)

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Fighting Cancer book signing meets Biofeedback BCIA Certification Training

Posted in News, NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on January 19th, 2012

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On June 28, 2011 I went to the Westchester Airport to meet Erik Peper, Ph.D. We went straight to the Barnes and Noble Store on Central Avenue in Yonkers, Ny. He was scheduled to do a book signing for his new book that he authored along with Robert Gorter, MD, Ph.D. The title of the book is "Fighting Cancer, A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment". In this book many effective non-traditional cancer treatments are discussed. Traditional cancer treatments can often be ineffective and very unpleasant. I believe that we should be open to the other therapies that are available so that people can decide on how they will battle cancer if they find themselves in the position of dealing with it. There are also many things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of getting cancer in the first place.

Although this is not a biofeedback book it does teach many techniques that can be assisted by biofeedback like diaphragmatic breathing and muscle relaxation. This book is for all healthcare professionals as well as people who do not work in healthcare. No matter what you do for a living, you probably know someone who has been affected by cancer. You should read this book and give a copy to someone you care about.

I have been blessed to know Erik Peper for many years. He is a great asset to Biofeedback Resources International as part of our Health Training Seminars faculty. I hope to have him teach some workshops with us covering some of the material in this book.

The day after the book signing Erik began teaching a 5-Day BCIA Biofeedback Certification seminar for us. The class included healthcare professionals from various parts of the country. It was a great session.

Erik Peper will be teaching another BCIA Biofeedback Workshop for us this summer.  Visit our website: www.biofeedbackinternational.com for details.




Biofeedback Tour of Raleigh, NC

Posted in NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on January 2nd, 2011

On November 19, 2010 I headed out for a road trip to Raleigh, NC.  I packed the car with plenty of water, snacks, audio CDs and of course, my biofeedback equipment.  I was in for a busy weekend of biofeedback activity.  I drove most of the day and arrived at my friend Henri Belfon’s home on Friday evening.  Henri is an educational psychologist who has a great interest in using neurofeedback with students for ADD/ADHD, learning disorders, and behavior problems.

 

Henri and I met many years ago at an AAPB conference.  We have remained friends since then.  He has trained with Lynda and Michael Thompson as well as Adam Crane and me in neurofeedback and biofeedback.  He is also an avid fisherman.  I also like to fish so I’m looking to pick up some tips. 

 

We watched a little TV and chatted a bit before I rested up for the night.  On Saturday morning I went to Shaw University to do a radio interview on a show called Traces of Places and Faces.  The show airs on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 11:00 am on WSHA 88.9 FM in Raleigh, NC.

 

The show is hosted by a fascinating lady named Margaret Rose Murray.  She owns two private schools in Raleigh.  One is an elementary school and the other is a preschool.  She started and built up the schools with the help of her husband Kenneth Murray-Mohammad who was a community leader, artist, and musician.  Two doctors from the community are regulars on the radio show.  The panel discussed issues including high school and college graduation rates, imprisonment rates, and health problems like hypertension and diabetes in the minority community. 

 

Ms. Murray, the host introduced me and asked me to talk about biofeedback.  I explained what biofeedback is and gave my story about how I got started in biofeedback.  I talked about my involvement in the Yonkers, NY Public School Neurofeedback Project.  We talked about how many children were helped through the program at no cost to their parents.  I talked about my clinical experiences providing biofeedback in a pain management setting for people with headaches, neck and back pain, anxiety, and sleep problems.  I also answered several questions from the host, panelists, and a listener who called in.  Before I knew it the show was almost over.  I initially thought I was only going to get a chance to talk for 10 minutes or so but it was almost 40 minutes.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the radio show.  Being in the studio at Shaw University reminded me of the days when I hosted my own music radio show on WOSS at Ossining High School.  The station has a lovely studio and a wonderful selection of music.

 

After the show Ms. Murray took me on a tour of both of her schools.  She showed me the classrooms, computer room, kitchen, examples of the students work, and several awards they have received.  She also showed me many of the paintings that her husband Kenneth had created that decorated the walls of the hallways.  She told me the stories behind several of the pieces.  Ms. Murray invited me back to her school to do a presentation on biofeedback and neurofeedback at her school the next time I am in Raleigh.  I will definitely take her up on it. 

 

The next day I taught an all day practical skills biofeedback workshop for a small group.  We covered EMG, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Respiration, Heart Rate, and EEG.  I explained the source of the signal, identifying a proper signal, setting amplitude, time scales, thresholds, and identifying and reducing artifacts.  I used the book Biofeedback Mastery by Erik Peper as a source for the lab exercises that we did during the workshop.  I did demonstrations and helped the participants practice hookups for each modality.  I was also able to help one of the participants get a Procomp2 system that he has had for some time to work properly.  He also learned how to use it.

Ms. Veda Denning-McKenzie of Ventura Realty was kind enough to allow us to use the meeting room in her office complex for the workshop.

 

On the final day of my Raleigh tour I had the honor of making a presentation for Dr. Willa Casstevens’ Human Behavior and the Social Environment class at NC State University.  I introduced them to biofeedback and how it can be used as a tool to help measure physiological responses to stress and relaxation.  We discussed biofeedback applications in stress management, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), pain, ADD/ADHD, test anxiety, headaches, and performance enhancement.  I enjoyed speaking to the group and the presentation was well received. 

 

That concluded my three day biofeedback tour of Raleigh, NC.  I went back to Henri’s house to relax for the night and headed out in the morning bound for home.  It was a long but successful trip.  I was happy to get home to recover and prepare for my next trip to Houston, TX which would follow in only a couple of weeks.




U-Control Tutorial

Posted in Uncategorized, NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on July 27th, 2010

This video shows how to use the U-Control EMG Biofeedback instrument for incontinence and pelvic pain.  Learn how to set the controls, read the displays, adjust the controls, install the battery, and connect the sensors.

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Body Position Affects Mood

Posted in NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on September 2nd, 2009

Did you know that your body position can affect your mood?

Erik Peper, Ph.D. discusses this while teaching a BCIA Certification biofeedback seminar in 2008 in Chicago.  Watch the video.

For more information on seminars taught by Erik Peper visit : www.biofeedbackinternational.com

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Quantum Biofeedback, Is It Really Biofeedback?

Posted in NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on September 2nd, 2009

Quantum Biofeedback - Is it really biofeedback? - by Harry Campbell

I have been approached by a few people recently who had an interest in biofeedback. What they had heard about biofeedback involved what is called "Quantum Biofeedback". I am sure that for the few people who have approached me there are probably at least hundreds more who have been made to think that this is what biofeedback is. That is dead wrong. I hope to shed some light on the confusion caused by this mislabeling.

With real biofeedback clients learn to regulate their own physiology based on the feedback from the instruments that are measuring them. The physiological measures involved in true biofeedback include EMG (electromyography) for measurement of muscle activity, Skin Temperature, Skin Conductance, Heart Rate, EEG (Electroencephalograph) for the measurement of brainwave activity, and Respiration. True biofeedback instruments are not directly diagnosing disease or specific problems with internal body organs like the liver and kidneys. The labeling of instruments that claim to do these things as biofeedback is causing confusion especially for people who are just learning about biofeedback for the first time. I am not passing judgment at this time on the effectiveness of such systems although I do question it. Biofeedback does not directly treat internal organs by introducing signals into the body. Biofeedback helps a person learn how to self-regulate their physiology which in turn helps to improve their health, quality of life, and performance.

Microcurrent therapy is a non-biofeedback modality that I do promote as an effective therapy but I do not call it biofeedback. That would be inaccurate and misleading. It is a modality that can be complimentary to biofeedback. It is not biofeedback because it is not measuring the physiology and it is not feeding back information to the client. It is introducing an electrical signal into the body that is therapeutic.

"Quantum Biofeedback" is also a non-biofeedback modality. It should not be called biofeedback. I have not tried one of these devices myself so I am not going to say what they can or cannot do from experience. I have read several articles that were written about them though. Here are several links to articles that describe some of the problems with this type of device. "Fraud", "snake oil", and "banned by the FDA" are all terms that are mentioned in the articles. Please be careful!

http://o.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2004061364_miracle09m.html http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004020583_miracle18m2.html http://wcbstv.com/seenat11/epfx.cancer.systemic.2.655756.html http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/116647 http://www.epfx.blogspot.com

I strongly suggest that you investigate and try to understand how these devices really operate before you use them. Also do not refer to them as biofeedback. They are not biofeedback according to the accepted definitions, including the AAPB (Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback) and BCIA (Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) definitions. Referring to these instruments incorrectly as biofeedback can be confusing and misleading to other professionals like other biofeedback therapists and referring healthcare providers, clients, and insurance companies.

Please visit websites like the following to learn about true biofeedback: http://www.biofeedbackinternational.com 

http://www.aapb.org

http://www.bcia.org

http://www.isnr.org

http://www.nrbs.org

All of these sites offer free information on biofeedback.

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Caring for our veterans

Posted in NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on November 17th, 2007

Whatever personal opinions are about the current U.S. Military actions in Iraq, everyone seems to agree that the soldiers who are serving should be appreciated, respected, and most importantly cared for.

Recently it has come to light that in many instances we have been falling short of taking proper care of our veterans.  I’m sure that by now you have seen many news reports on TV, internet, and in the newspapers.  Some of the items that were disturbing include the poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Building 18, higher rate of traumatic brain injury (TBI) with many cases of missed diagnosis, and problems veterans are having with the paperwork required to receive medical care.

According to a February 21, 2007 WashingtonPost.com article written by Dana Priest and Ann Hull, The White House and Congress are promising fast action to correct the problems at Walter Reed.

Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman who is the commander at Walter Reed said that he has been promised by Army leaders that he will get the additional staff he requested to address the problems.

There is also talk of new legislation to make the veterans medical paperwork easier and to add case managers to assist as well as more psychological counselors.

Mental Health Issues of Veterans

On September 28, 2006 Cathleen C. Wilblemo, Deputy Director of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation  Division, Commission of The American Legion, testified before The Subcommittee of the  Health Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – US House of Representatives on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

She discussed the seriousness of the problems of PTSD, as well as other mental health conditions like depressive disorder, acute reaction to stress and substance abuse.  Ms. Wilblemo described psychological treatment as most effective for PTSD.  The importance for making treatment available was stressed in her statements.

It was stated that research shows that a high percentage of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from mental health problems including PTSD.  Some possible reasons for the higher resulting mental health problems are that a high percentage of those serving are from the National Guard and Reserve, more are women, and more are married.

Three new centers were appointed to specialize in mental health in the VA system in December of 2005.  They are Waco, San Diego, and Canandaigua.

The VA Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget included over $3 billion for mental health services. The American Legion which is one of the organizations that advocates for veterans wants to make sure that this money goes to the intended programs in order to best help the veterans.

Biofeedback including EEG/Neurofeedback has been an important modality of psychological treatment in the VA Healthcare system.  Some of the most important biofeedback research ever done was done in the VA Healthcare system.  Dr. Eugene Peniston, who recently passed away, did research on Biofeedback/Neurofeedback with PTSD and Substance abuse in Vietnam Veterans.  The reference is listed along with references on other related work.

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Stress Management Part One

Posted in NetCasts by biofeedbackresources on October 1st, 2007

Stress Management Techniques

Hello I’m Harry Campbell of Biofeedback Resources International also found at www.biofeedbackinternational.com

There are many techniques that have been developed for managing or decreasing the negative effects of stress. I will review some of the techniques that I am aware of and have found to be effective. This is not a complete list of stress management techniques but I believe that it is a helpful starting point. I expect to expand on this list as I am able to gather more information.

Muscle Relaxation

One of the most popular muscle relaxation techniques is called Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation. It involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group in the body one at a time. This brings a person’s awareness to each muscle and usually causes any excess tension to decrease.

These exercises can be done without any equipment. Audio CDs and tapes are available that can be used to learn the technique.

Biofeedback Equipment can be used to speed the learning of muscle relaxation. An instrument called an Electromyograph (EMG) can be used to measure how tense your muscles are.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

On average we breathe 15-20 breaths a minute – too fast and shallow. It is more ideal and healthy for our mind and body if we learn to slow and deepen our breathing so that our breath rate ranges from 6-10 breaths per minute. Positive health benefits can result from learning to breathe in this way. Research has shown significant decreases in blood pressure when people used a device that promotes slower breathing. Slow breathing also may help to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic.

Autogenic Relaxation

Autogenic relaxation is a technique in which you say phrases to yourself either silently or out loud like “my right hand is warm and heavy” while relaxing your muscles and breathing deeply and slowly. Eventually your right arm should start to feel warm, heavy, and relaxed. You then move to your left arm and repeat the process. You move through various parts of your body until your whole body feels relaxed. This technique is often used in combination with temperature biofeedback and hand warming.

Guided Relaxation Imagery/Visualization

When using this technique you imagine that you are in a beautiful, relaxing, peaceful scene. It could be a vacation spot that you have visited or just an ideal “make believe” area that would really help you to become relaxed. It could be a beach, meadow, or mountain area. You think of what it would sound, smell, and feel like as well as what it would look like. There are audio cds or tapes that do a good job of creating this imagery for you.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a process that uses instruments that measure changes in our body that are a reflection of a stress or relaxation response. These instruments measure the changes and then “feed back” the information to us using visual – graphs or lights and or audio tones to show us what direction the changes are happening and how much change there is. We use this information to help us become aware when we are reacting to stress and when we are relaxing or reversing the negative reactions to stress. Biofeedback instruments can measure brainwaves, muscle tension, skin temperature, sweat, breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Professional biofeedback instruments are purchased by licensed healthcare practitioners.

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

CES is a form of microcurrent therapy that applies a small electrical current through clip electrodes attached to the earlobes. Sessions can be done for 20 to 40 minutes as every day or every other day, or less often as needed. It can give a relaxed, pleasant feeling. It does not tend to have the undesirable side effects of most anxiety drugs. It leaves the mind alert and calm. It has been used for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. CES works to “normalize” the electrical activity of the nervous system including the brain. The results are measurable by EEG technology.

For more information on the subject please visit www.mindfitness.com.

Adobe compatible PDF file with full text of Part One.

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