New Mentality uses biofeedback techniques to control the body’s heart rate and breathing among other bodily functions that can impact an individual’s anxiety, mood and ability to handle stress. Biofeedback is a simple process, in which you’re connected to sensors that helps the body focus on making subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain or anxiety as well as other physiological responses.
Through the training process of biofeedback you learn how to become more self-aware. Self-awareness improves your ability to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, reduce fatigue and restore clarity, focus and problem solving.
Biofeedback has physiological, mental and emotional benefits for people suffering from many health related conditions. Biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body.
Biofeedback Assessments and test measures:
1. Physiological stress test– this allows us to see the athlete’s natural response to stressful situations and his/her ability to return to normal states when the stressing condition has ended. This is huge in peak performance because athletes need to be able to recover quickly after a mistake or during stressful situations.
2. Reaction Time assessment and training–
1.CPT (Continuous Performance Testing)- we can combine reaction time data with EEG and physiology (mind-body connection). This allows an in depth analysis of mind and body activity during sports reaction time training.
3. Biofeedback Training–
a- EMG biofeedback- provides feedback on muscle tension. This type of biofeedback work well for people with anxiety, stress and/or chronic pain.
b- HRV biofeedback- trains people to change the variability and dominant rhythms of their heart activity.
c- Thermal biofeedback- this type of biofeedback uses a person’s temperature to assess the person’s physical state. A drop in hand temperature can be indicative of a person being stressed and tense. Training an individual to control their body temperature can be essential in peak performance training.
d- EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback)- is a form of biofeedback, that enables better brain functioning in the same way that appropriate physical exercise strengthens the body. Neurofeedback is the direct training of the brain, where one is able to monitor their own brain activity on a computer screen and then learn how to produce brainwave activity that promotes healthy brain function.
4. qEEG Brain Mapping– quantitative EEG gives our board certified provider an idea of how the athletes brain is performing. It allows us to see what areas can improve and benefit from neurofeedback training.
5. Coaching– this component of the program brings together the mind/body techniques learned through training. This teaches the athlete how to use and harness the new skills learned.