Biofeedback & Neurofeedback in York

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Biofeedback for Panic Disorder

By measuring physiological changes associated with anxiety and panic and feeding this information back via computer, biofeedback helps you

  • become aware of patterns that predispose you to panic attacks
  • develop the mind-body skills to break out of the negative spiral that leads to panic.

Breathing Training with Biofeedback

Research suggests people with Panic Disorder are predisposed to over-breathe. Hyperventilation (over-breathing) can be detected with a device called a capnometer. Biofeedback training to optimise breathing can both reduce vulnerability and give you skills to respond effectively to early signs of panic. Read more about breathing biofeedback.

Panic and Heart Rate Coherence

Another aspect of panic is that imbalance in the body's Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) leads to extreme "fight or flight" responses. Heart Rate Coherence biofeedback aims to train a healthier balance in the ANS. Read more about Heart Rate Coherence.

what's the evidence?

Breathing Biofeedback for Panic - Stanford University Study

A Further Paper on Biofeedback for Panic - Stanford University

This research demonstrated that capnometry biofeedback training successfully reduced panic symptoms.

Hyperventilation and Panic Disorder

This study offers evidence of the link between Panic Disorder and hyperventilation.

Heartmath Institute Panic Disorder Study

This study demonstrates low Heart Rate Coherence in Panic Disorder patients and links this with Autonomic Nervous System imbalance.

client testimonial

"Glyn and his biofeedack methods, relaxation and breathing techniques have helped me stop hyperventilating constantly, having crippling panic attacks and have enabled me to live my life again."

- Elspeth, East Yorkshire

About Panic Disorder

A panic attack is a sudden and spiralling feeling of intense anxiety, usually with physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, chest pain, difficulty breating, nausea, dizziness, numbness or tingling, or feelings of unreality, accompanied by thoughts of losing control and impending catastrophe.

What Causes Panic Attacks?

Several factors may contribute to underlying vulnerability to panic:

  • Poor nutrition leading to periods of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Sugar is the brain's exclusive source of energy.
  • A hypersensitive Sympathetic Nervous System (associated with the "fight or flight" response).
  • A predisposition to hyperventilation (see below).
  • Psychological factors.

York Mind-Body Health's approach can address all these.

Panic and Hyperventilation

Anxiety tends to lead to over-breathing or hyperventilation. This paradoxically starves the brain of oxygen - emotions run out of control, and it becomes difficult to focus and think clearly. This can create a spiral: more you over-breathe, the worse the symptoms.

Panic Links

No More Panic : Support site for sufferers of Panic Disorder, phobias and more.

The Biocentre, York Science Park

York Mind-Body Health is based at York Science Park. With free parking it is readily accessible to residents of York, Leeds and the Yorkshire area.

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