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  1. Page 1 RESPIRATORY BIOFEEDBACK A new approach to stress intervention for the military PROF. DR. MED. HABIL. DIPL. PSYCH. DIETER SEEFELDT

  2. Page 2 Introduction

  3. Page 3 A short overview Since 1975 I have worked in the field of treating psychosomatic patients. Part of my job has been the design and use of biofeedback (BF) apparatuses. BF includes electronic methods for the self- control of autonomous bodily functions. BF can be used well used for psychophysiological relaxation. For this the methodical approach to respiration is our favorite. The mobile RFB.micro is suitable for relaxation intervention in the military sector.

  4. Page 4 The problem to relax

  5. Page 5 Problematic approach to the involuntary body functions

  6. Page 6 The solution

  7. Page 7 What is Biofeedback (BF)?

  8. Page 8 FIELDS OF APPLICATIONS FEAR STRESS PAIN SUBSEQUENT CONDITIONS : PSYCHOSOMATIC DISTURBANCES HUMANS WITH MAXIMUM PERFORMANCES BODY MIND SOUL

  9. Page 9 THE RIGHT PARAMETER

  10. Page 10 THE RESPIRATION

  11. Page 11 Biofeedback and “learning” to relax

  12. Page 12 Respiratory biofeedback – a well - founded approach to relaxation

  13. Page 13 Lessons learned

  14. Page 14 • Changes and opportunities • BF is a combination of methods including         • operant learning. • the use of electronic apparatuses and. • psychological interventions. • Even difficult patients can relax by means of BF. • Motivation is increased. • Attitudes to relaxation methods and psychological intervention are changed. •  Reduced learning time for relaxation. •  Cost reduction in drugs. •  Increased self- efficiency. •  Simplified access to psychotherapy. •  BF is often an important component of a complex prevention and therapy system. •  Therapist and patient relationship is most important.

  15. Page 15 Risks and Limitations - Risks are low. There is no dependency. - There are different limitations with the respective parameters. - Immediate influence on patients can be rapidly exerted. - A shift of relaxation to daily use without a BF apparatus is not easy. - The relaxation process should be controlled and stabilized by a therapist. - The relaxation effect can be observed after a longer training period. - BF is only one component of the whole therapy system. - A therapist specialized in BF. - A good therapist- patient - relationship is essential.

  16. Page 16 Clinical contraindications

  17. Page 17 Wirk factors of RFB The lungs and the heart affect brain functions. The relaxation process is based on the same nerve and hormone patterns like the stress mechanism, but in the opposite direction.

  18. Page 18 • Wirk factors of BF • - Expectations • - Motivation • - Self-efficiency • - BF principle • - Special indicator • - Amplification of positive feedback • - Learning process • - Interoception • - Therapist - patient - interaction • - Suggestion, Autosuggestion, Placebo • Information • health and disease model • - Change of attitudes

  19. Page 19 The RFB.micro system - It works based on the respiratory BF. - It is battery operated. - It is easily transportable. - There are several different uses. - There are different sounds and melodies. The demonstration will be given after this lecture.

  20. Page 20 RFB for stress reductions during military missions

  21. Page 21 The message BF is a method for developing self- control of body functions. BF is a combination of methods including operant learning, the use of electronic apparatuses and psychological interventions. It is suitable for relaxation and stress reduction. The approach to respiration is particularly useful. BF training should be followed by self training methods. Mobil RFB.micro is useful in the military sector.

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