ANNOUNCING THE MICHAEL ROTHBURD STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Apply now for a scholarship to attend the BSF October 2019 CE workshop!


Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students, post-doctoral students, researchers, and early-career clinicians who can demonstrate an interest in biofeedback may apply.

How to apply: Download an application and submit it by email to info@floridabiofeedback.org. Completed applications may also be mailed via USPS to The Biofeedback Society of Florida, 1230 So. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach, FL 33435

For detailed information about the Michael Rothburd Scholarship, click on this link.

About Mike Rothburd, PhD

Michael Rothburd, PhD was a founding member of BSF and served as the first president of the fledgling organization. Mike remained active in the Society for almost four decades. In addition to being a gifted and compas-
sionate clinician, Mike was knowledgeable about the technical aspects of the emerging field of biofeedback and acted as the de facto technical advisor for the Society. Mike had a wry sense of humor and could always be trusted to bring some levity to our meetings. Mike passed away in December, 2018 and the Society has developed an award to honor his spirit and innumerable contributions to the BSF.


UPCOMING EVENTS

BCIA CLINICAL UPDATE SERIES

October 4 & 11 - BCIA two-part webinar series:
Part 1 - Demystifying Waveforms
Part 2: Comparing Database Results for Different Subjects
presented by John Demos, LCHMC, BCN

November 8 - Biofeedback Mentoring Webinar
presented by Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV

Visit www.BCIA.org to register and learn more.


What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments are used to measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user, typically on a computer display. The presentation of this information - often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior - supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.

One example of biofeedback would be the application of surface EMG (electromyography or muscle activity) in rehabilitation. A stroke victim might have minimal motor control in a partially paralyzed limb, and through EMG biofeedback, would view a representation of their muscle activity on a computer screen. Sensors placed on the skin above the musculature would allow the instrument to show minute changes in muscle activity, so small that the individual might not be aware of them, as she/he attempts to move the limb. With that information now immediately available to them, the person can see if their efforts are working, and over time, learn to recruit the neural activity and muscle activation necessary to improve function.

There are numerous other biofeedback modalities that are identified by the physiological process that is the target of change (i.e., EEG or brainwave activity, also called neurofeedback, thermography, a measure of skin temperature that represents blood flow, and HRV or heart rate variability, to name a few).

Biofeedback has been shown to be useful in treating the following:
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Other types of chronic pain
  • Disorders of the digestive system
  • Incontinence
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (abnormalities in the rhythm of the heartbeat)
  • ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralysis, spinal cord injury and other movement disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma
Biofeedback is also used to improve academic and athletic performance, and its technology is being utilized in the emerging science of brain-computer interface and the development of applications in video/computer gaming.

For more information about Biofeedback, visit the Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback website.