Biofeedback is simply a way to retrieve information from the body. This, combined with a thorough history and physical exam, standard blood work, functional medicine testing, diagnostics, and other diagnostics, help us to get a more comprehensive view of the patient.
Perhaps the oldest form of biofeedback is the EKG, or electrocardiograph, which gives precise measurements on the heart. From this, we can determine various heart arrhythmias, heart disorders, etc. Over the years, this basic technology has evolved into things like heart rate variability, which gives us a vast array of information with regards to one's stress level, one's immune and hormonal status, and even mitochondrial health. This technology has evolved into biofeedback instruments that you can use at home to improve things like stress levels, anxiety, and sleep disorders. An example of this would be Heartmath.
One form of biofeedback that we used to look at the vast complexity of the body and to get quick answers is something called Meridian stress analysis. This technology has become very advanced over the years, and there are many instruments on the market. While we have found these to be somewhat helpful, in our experience they are lacking in critical ways in terms of determining the precision and accuracy we need to determine root cause issues and priorities. Therefore we actually like to use our hands instead of computers. This is similar to an experienced mechanic who likes to use his hands instead of relying on computers to determine the problem.
The primary tool we use is an advanced biofeedback technique called Autonomic Response Technique*, developed by Dr. Klinghardt, Ph.D. MD. Dr. Klinghardt, who has now been in practice for over 47 years, still uses this advanced form of muscle testing as of this day to help determine root cause problems in patients dealing with chronic illness. We also incorporate other forms of kinesiology taught by other well-known kinesiologists such as Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, M.D., Sc.D., Dr. Brimhall, DC, and Dr. Leibowitz. DC. We are grateful to have learned from these great masters and will continue to expand our knowledge in this area.
Please note that while neural biofeedback and bio-resonance testing methods are very helpful in determining what is stressing the body, they are not considered a method of medical diagnostic diagnosis. Evaluation using standard blood-work and diagnostics is always recommended.