Since there are many different types of Biofeedback techniques, there a variety of Biofeedback machines available to purchase. The theory behind Biofeedback is that we can train our body's involuntary muscles to react to certain conditions. The Biofeedback machines available to purchase for home use work the same way the practitioners' do. The machines relay information in real time about your body temperature, your brainwave patterns, your muscle tension or heart/respiration rates. Biofeedback techniques have been developed to treat conditions ranging from attention disorders to incontinence. You can purchase Biofeedback machines for use at home; but the high costs can be prohibitive. Many therapists suggest getting a simple machine that only measures one system, like your heart rate or temperature, to minimize costs of continuing your therapy at home. Follow these steps to purchase a machine you can afford comfortably.
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
Get a diagnosis of your condition. Ask your health care practitioner about the feasibility of biofeedback therapy for that condition.
Find out before you start your therapy what projection your therapist has for your course of treatment. Knowing the time frame necessary for your biofeedback to have impact on your condition will help determine the need to purchase biofeedback machines. The longer the course of treatment, the more you should invest in renting or purchasing biofeedback machines.
Ask your therapist for a recommendation on what machines to lease or purchase to continue your treatments at home, if necessary.
Find out whether buying these machines is covered by your insurance. If not, ask about the possibility of renting from a medical supply company. Try having your medical doctor write a letter stating medical necessity for the device and outlining the possible adverse outcomes for your condition if you don't get it. Insurance companies play the odds. If they think you'll cost them less by providing the equipment than by not providing, they may waive their policy and cover the machine.
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Tips and warnings
- There are several different machines available, all geared toward different types of treatments for different conditions. Before making a purchase, make sure you have a solid diagnosis and that you're comfortable with the recommended plan for Biofeedback therapy.
- Keep in mind that alternative therapies like Biofeedback are not a substitute for medical care if you have a serious illness or injury. If your condition worsens in any way, contact your medical doctor immediately.