Biofeedback and Autism

Biofeedback is the general term for any therapeutic intervention that uses medical equipment to monitor a body function that is otherwise outside of our awareness. A blood pressure cuff, a thermometer, a PET scan are all medical devices that can be used for biofeedback interventions.

There are several specific types of biofeedback including

  • Electromyogram (EMG). This measures muscle activity and tension. It may be used for back pain, headaches, anxiety disorders, muscle retraining after injury, and incontinence.
  • Heart rate variability (HRA or HRV) biofeedback. This measures heart rate. It may be used for anxiety, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and irregular heartbeat.
  • Neurofeedback training  (aka electroencephalography or EEG biofeedback). This measures brain waves. It may be used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

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14 Jun 2018