Bio-feedback/Neuro-feedback Devices.... USED ONE?

By Stuart1966 Latest Reply 2013-05-13 11:52:36 -0500
Started 2013-05-11 15:09:03 -0500

Anyone on site USED any of the devices available these days?

There are small devices which measure skin temp and give off a signal if/when we achieve some particular temperature in our fingers, where contact is made between our fingers and the device(s). Others have a headband with the same kind of idea, there are even computer programs and some have GAMES which, if we can reduce our heart rate, breathing, etc. allow us to play said game(s) at a particular level(s) apparently…

Anybody familiar with these devices, these tools? Most seem very expensive, and I have no clue if one or another is or is not worth the price? Anybody have opinion, know anybody who might???

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Nick1962 2013-05-12 15:55:53 -0500 Report

We have several similar devices in the house but they are used for training. Our insurance company offers several health programs in which if we participate and reach certain goals, we get discounts or points for stuff. The info gets downloaded to the program provided similar to Polar Personal Trainer here
I wouldn’t call it true “bio/neuro feedback”, but is this what you’re referring to?

Stuart1966 2013-05-12 21:26:08 -0500 Report

Appears to be the type of thing… yes?

Some type of smaller device(s) which we can carry around, and connect to a computer for access to more sophisticated software/games & record keeping. The ways we use it… "off label" I suspect might be unlimited, if we can connect those dots…

Nick1962 2013-05-13 11:52:36 -0500 Report

Oh those dots have been connected. One of the devices we had was a pedometer type watch with connectable “accessories” that read BP, heart rate, temperature, pulse, and even a head band for brain wave activity. You could set the watch face down on its “landing pad” which was connected to the computer via USB cable and it downloaded all the information to a tracking program you could customize to your own goals. This info could also be shared via internet with a sponsoring “program” that would record the data and offer suggestions for better results.
There are numerous programs out there now that can be as simple as just monitoring daily activity levels (like we do with our insurance company), to full blown near “medical grade” feedback systems. My wife has a watch, and I have a small belt clip no bigger than a stick of gum folded over.
Stens Corporation has a $5K baseline setup with sensors that go places I would have never thought of.
Of course bio/neuro feedback is only good if you actually use the feedback. Otherwise, it is just an expensive toy.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-05-12 10:32:34 -0500 Report

See a qualified biofeedback practitioner…

Stuart1966 2013-05-12 21:20:56 -0500 Report

Hello Dr. John:
What value will a human teacher/trainer possess? An unsophisticated, low end tool, whichever flavor (EEG, EMG, temp) can all be bought on the open market, though some are quite expensive.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-05-13 07:51:22 -0500 Report

It is what to do with that information. How to get you to lower your temp, etc. is what a trained and licensed therapist does.

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