Episode 35:

Release Tension and Pain Through Biofeedback

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In this episode, we have an intriguing interview with Dr. Eugenie Pabst, Chicago-based Clinical Psychologist and Biofeedback Therapist. Learn how Biofeedback Therapy can help relieve symptoms showing up in your body related to stress, anxiety, or chronic conditions. In the “You Want Me To Do What??” section, hear about Shanna’s first experience with it!

Episode Recap:

Interview with Dr. Pabst  - 3:08

“You Want Me To Do What??” section - 37:42

Highlights:

  • Biofeedback Therapy is a mind-body therapy that uses feedback from your body to improve your health. Re-training your breathing and bringing awareness to where you hold tension in your body are some of the techniques used.

  • Through monitoring respiration, heart rate, surface muscle tension, fingertip temperature, and electrodermal activity in the palm of the hand (aka perspiration), Biofeedback can measure when you’re in the parasympathetic state.

  • Biofeedback therapists use this information to get their patients to a state of coherence - a breathing rhythm that sustains the parasympathetic state on a more ongoing basis.

  • The main benefits are stress, anxiety, and chronic pain reduction; however, Dr. Pabst also helps patients relieve symptoms of IBS, teeth clenching, hypertension, sleep issues, and migraines.

  • Dr. Pabst tips for anyone to help manage stress through breathing?

    • 1) breathe from your belly - we were born as diaphragmatic breathers!

    • 2) create a daily breathwork practice.

  • Shanna breaks down the experience of a Biofeedback session and explains the way the breath should feel when in the parasympathetic state - what she calls ‘hang time’ between the inhale & exhale.

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