affects us all. The deleterious effects of excess stress have been
well documented in a wide range of medical publications.
of research articles, studies and books prove beyond a shadow of
doubt, that stress can be a factor in any disease, as it alters
biochemistry and neurological functioning, and can weaken the immune
system and the digestive tract.
neuro-psychological-immuno link is well established in many peer
reviewed medical journals on Psychoneuroimmunology.
or Flight Response
can trigger the body's response to perceived threat or danger, the
fight or flight response. During this reaction, certain hormones like
adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding the heart rate, slowing
digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups, and changing
various other autonomic nervous functions, giving the body a burst of
energy and strength. Originally named for its ability to enable us to
physically fight or run away when faced with danger, it's now
activated in situations where neither response is appropriate, like
in traffic or during a stressful day at work.
the perceived threat is gone, systems are designed to return to
normal function via the relaxation response, but in times of chronic
stress, this often doesn't happen, causing damage to the body if
stress is not reduced and managed.
Common physiological changes
resulting from stress reactions include:
Heart Rate, which can lead and / or contribute to heart conditions.
Hormonal Fluctuations, which can lead and / or contribute to
endocrine, reproductive, digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes and
mental disorders. Constriction of muscles and blood vessels, can lead
and / or contribute to pain, tension, circulatory issues,
cardiopulmonary issues and asthma. The suppression of non-essential
life processes, which affects reproduction, higher executive brain
function, digestion and immunity.
people think of stress only in terms of things like deadlines at
work, family or relationship stress, financial pressures, traffic
jams, or the death of a loved one perhaps. However, stress reactions
also occur on the unconscious, cellular, subtle or energetic levels
each time we are exposed to a toxin, pathogen or allergen; and every
time our body experiences a nutritional deficiency or excess.
What are the benefits of
benefit from biofeedback. Most people report biofeedback sessions to
be relaxing, soothing and beneficial. Yucha and Montgomery (2008), in
their article, Evidence Based Practice in Biofeedback and
Neurofeedback, published in The Journal of Applied
Psycho-physiology and Biofeedback summarized the most current and
complete medical research based on scientific rigor and consistency
of outcome on biofeedback benefits and efficacy with the following
health related issues.