My recent encounter with biofeedback

First of all, I just wanted to say how excited I am that my Slow Cooker Spicy Tex Mex Beef Fajitas got featured on HLB!  That totally made my day!!  🙂   Another awesome bit of news is that I’m officially done with summer classes!!  I thought this day would never come!   The final was pretty tricky, but oh wells!

With my fellow troopers on the last day of class!

So today I wanted to share with you guys about my recent encounter with bio-electric assessments.  Have you heard of it?  I sure hadn’t until Karen, who I’ve gotten to know and  love through the women’s bible study group, asked me if I’d be interested in checking it out.  She’s a RD and has been a “health detective” for over 10 years.  I was very intrigued and decided to give it a try.

Just to give you a run-down, biofeedback is a treatment technique commonly used by physical therapists, psychologists, and various other specialists to improve their patients’ health by utilizing the electrical signals from their own bodies.  It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety or stress, asthma, chemotherapy side effects, pain, and constipation.  Most of us have used this ourselves by stepping on a scale or by using a thermometer.

At the start, electro-dermal sensors were applied to different parts of my body – head, arms, ankles.

This is a great representation of what the set-up looked like.

I was hooked up for 3 minutes, and during that time, the sensors measured my muscle activity, skin temperature, respiration, heart rate, bp, brain electrical activity, and blood flow.  The information was then “fed-back” to me.  I must say the results stunned and fascinated me!

Here’s a brief (not all-inclusive) rundown of my body’s condition.  In regards to my emotional state, it told me that my strongest emotion is POWER!  I couldn’t help but chuckle at this as it is the root of all my struggles and heartache.  It further reaffirmed my need for control and my perfectionistic tendencies.  Another strong emotion was ADDICTION.  Again, so true!  Once I’m into something, man, that’s all I can think about and do.

Now onto the best part.  The sensors compose a sentence of affirmation that the body likes to and needs to hear.  Mine was – “I forgive myself for all of my errors.  My immune system works.”  When Karen repeated these words to me, I just lost it.  Those words just resonated and moved me beyond belief.  The cool thing about this is that in her 10 years of practice, she has never seen the exact same sentence appear more than once!  Our bodies are all so different, aren’t they?

Physically, it depicted that my brain is overloaded and always running.  I didn’t need the machine to tell me that, thank you very much.  Then, to my horror, it told me that I had fungal growth in my gut!

Umm…EWW!  I couldn’t help but recall all those disturbingly grotesque videos I had seen in my microbiology class.  I need an exterminator!!  Finally, it found that my thyroid and adrenal glands are under great stress.  Furthermore, my estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating, and lutenizing hormone levels are really imbalanced.  Thankfully, there’s nothing wrong with my ovaries structurally.  All this matched my ultrasound results, so its credibility was further strengthened in my mind.

The takeaway from all this is that I need to get my thyroid and adrenal glands to work at their optimal levels in order for my hormone levels to be balanced.  Hopefully then my cycles may come back?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Karen, who also specializes in homeopathic remedies, gave me one that addresses my problem areas.  However, I’m feeling a lil’ reluctant and therefore am going to look into it some more before using it.

All in all, it was such an amazing experience.  I felt like I was educated about my body from the inside out.  If nothing else, Karen sure knows a lot more about me than she did before!

Question:

Have you tried biofeedback?  Homeopathy?  What other forms of alternative medicine have you tried? 

Any exciting plans for the weekend?

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13 Responses to My recent encounter with biofeedback

  1. Never heard of this and MY mind is ALWAYS running and on overload! I wish I could get it to slow down, maybe one day 😉

    Happy weekend to you love! No exciting plans here besides mini golf ( I lost, boo! ) and house stuff!

    • Min says:

      If you figure out the secret, PLEASE PLEASE take pity and share it with moi! :).
      Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend with you boys!!

  2. Ellie says:

    omgsh this sounds like crazy stuff! i’m so curious and would love to try it out~just for fun…hehehe. And I’m so glad you’re finished with your studies for now 🙂

  3. erinmotz says:

    This post was FASCINATING!!! I want to do this so badly now! That’s amazing, awesome, beautiful, great! I love it and am so happy for you that you got all this amazing info about yourself 🙂

  4. Jess says:

    Wow that is cool, I’ve never heard of it before. I have had great success with acupuncture and homeopathy.

    • Min says:

      I’m taking herbal medicine and am going to start on acupuncture this coming Tues! I’m very hopeful :). Thanks for the feedback!

  5. Kailey says:

    some things are always better off not knowing…I think fungus in your gut might be one of them 😉 haha sounds like a cool experience though!

  6. Lauren says:

    I have done biofeedback in the past to treat depression. I don’t think I got into it as much as you because I didn’t receive as much information back. It was just a mechanism to help my mind heal. A lot of the things you mentioned I feel would turn up on me as well. I’ve been on and off thyroid meds for years! Just recently I finally came off of them and started taking a natural kelp supplement, which has worked great! Getting that corrected can affect the other hormones too! This was such an interesting post! What is your schooling for? I’m sorry if you’ve said before, but I can’t remember!

    • Min says:

      Wow, Lauren! I feel like you and I have so many similarities! I’ve never heard of kelp supplements aiding in hormonal balance! Interesting!
      I’m actually working on my Masters for Nutrition :). Hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!

  7. Congrats on finishing classes! I’ve never heard of this, very interesting!

  8. Corrie Anne says:

    That’s really fascinating. I’m always so curious about stuff like that, but I’d never heard of that testing thing!

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