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Heart Focused Biofeedback – Providing Focus and Control When Life Spins Out Control. Karen McKinley PsyD, LCSW. What is stress?. It is the body’s nonspecific response to any demand made upon it. What Do We Know About Stress. Stress is bad for our health

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heart focused biofeedback providing focus and control when life spins out control

Heart Focused Biofeedback – Providing Focus and Control When Life Spins Out Control

Karen McKinley PsyD, LCSW

what is stress
What is stress?
  • It is the body’s nonspecific response to any demand made upon it.
what do we know about stress
What Do We Know About Stress
  • Stress is bad for our health
  • Too much stress can impact health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and sleep disorders
  • 75-90% of doctor visits in the United States are for stress related disorders
  • 8 out of 10 prescriptions written in the United States, are for stress related problems-ulcers, hypertension, anxiety and depression
how did we become so stressed
How did we become so stressed?
  • Fight or Flight Response
    • Being chased by a wild boar
    • House on fire
    • A truck coming at you the wrong way in the tunnel
    • A code being called in the hospital for your unit
  • Inappropriate Fight or Flight Response
    • Late for work
    • Our partner uses a tone we don’t like
    • Kids destroy the house after you spent all day cleaning it
what choice do you have
What choice do you have?
  • Fight ?
  • Run ?
  • Change the way you experience the world!
how stress impacts you
How Stress Impacts You
  • It is not the event or situation that is harmful
  • It is how you respond to the event
  • When the body is stressed it becomes out of sync
  • Negative emotions create disorder in the heart rhythm and nervous system
  • Positive emotions create harmony – move in sync heart rhythm and nervous system
quick stress test
Quick Stress Test
  • I feel overly tired or fatigued
  • I am often nervous, anxious or depressed
  • I have sleep problems
  • I have frequent headaches or minor aches and pains
  • I worry about job security, financial obligations and/or relationships
the mind body connection
The Mind-Body Connection
  • Yogis have known for thousands of years how to change their heart rate, lower their blood pressure, reduce acid secretions in their stomach and lower their body temperature
  • Mind Body Medicine has been used for 20 years for prevention and as adjunctive therapy utilizing meditation, yoga, diet and stress management
what we think effects our body
What we think effects our body
  • 5 minutes of recalling a stressful event can cause a slight short term rise in IgA (Immunoglobulin A), followed by a depletion that takes the body six hours to restore normal IgA production
  • 5 minutes of experiencing a positive emotion can cause a 34% increase in IgA, and continue levels continue to rise for the next six hours. Recovery time is reduced to one and a half hours.
biofeedback
Biofeedback
  • What is it?
    • A training technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals within their own bodies.
  • How long has it been used?
    • Biofeedback has been used for more that 30 years.
current applications of biofeedback
Current Applications of Biofeedback
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Tension Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disorders of the digestive system
  • Incontinence
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • ADD/ADHD
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Current Applications of Biofeedback

  • Performance Improvement
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralysis, spinal cord injury and other movement disorders
  • Stress Management
technology and biofeedback
Technology and Biofeedback
  • Today with new technology individuals can learn techniques in a few sessions that took years to learn in the past.
  • Cost
    • Breathing is free
    • 50 cent thermometer
    • $7,500 software
basic types of biofeedback
Basic Types of Biofeedback
  • Galvanic Response
    • Lie Detector – measures the flow of electricity in the skin
    • Good measure of internal stress
    • Finger sensor connected to a monitor – watch the needle move
  • Heart Rate Variability
    • Two way communication between the heart and the brain
    • Intervals between beats are important
    • When we are stressed, our heart rate is fixed and occurs at regular intervals, like soldiers marching into battle.
    • When relaxed, there is an increase in the interval between beats and increased flexibility
it all starts with breathing
It All Starts with Breathing
  • Good breathing causes an increased sense of well being
  • Each breath we take helps balance our blood chemistry
  • Taking 5-6 incorrect breaths can cause the PH level in the blood to be unbalanced
  • Years of incorrect breathing can pre-dispose an individual to chronic illness
  • Breathing incorrectly for 3 minutes can decrease the amount of oxygen to the brain and heart by 30%
freeze frame em wave demo
Freeze Frame/ Em Wave Demo
  • Quick Steps
    • Shift – to the heart
    • Activate – a positive feeling
    • Sense – a change in perception, attitude or feeling
introducing freeze frame em wave
Introducing Freeze Frame/Em Wave
  • Heart Focus
    • Close your eyes (optional)
    • Focus your attention in the area of your heart. If you like, you can put your hand over your heart.
  • Heart Breathing
    • As you focus on the area of the heart, pretend you are breathing through your heart.
    • Breathe slowly and gently (to a count of 3 - 6) until your breathing feels smooth and balanced
    • As you continue to breath, you will find your internal rhythm
heart focus cont
Heart Focus Cont.
  • Positive Feeling
    • Continue to breathe through the area of the heart and find a positive feeling, like appreciation for someone and something.
    • Can you recall a time when you felt appreciation or love and re-experience that feeling? It could be a pet, a special place in nature or an activity that was fun.
    • Once you have found that feeling – try to sustain the feeling by continuing heart focus, heart breathing and heart feeling.
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Heart Focus Cont.
  • Practice
    • Use Freeze Frame/Em Wave before stressful events - a test, important meeting, rush hour traffic
    • Use when you feel stress – give yourself a time out
    • Use when you have to make important decisions