What Every Chiropractor Should Know About Biofeedback

How many patients arrive at your office complaining of ailments like stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, asthma, and pain? If you’re like most chiropractors, these common complaints dominate your patient/doctor conversations. Many of these patients would welcome a drug-free therapy to help them eliminate or manage their problems.

Biofeedback offers just such an option. Although biofeedback isn’t right for every chiropractic office, within the right setting it will greatly expand your chiropractic business potential.

There are a few key points worth considering if you wish to add biofeedback to your practice.

Using an electroencephalograph to monitor brainwaves is one of the most common types of biofeedback machines, however there are many kinds of equipment. Often, which machine and method you choose will depend upon the types of problems you intend to treat.

Here’s an overview:

  • Brainwave biofeedback uses an EEG machine to moniter brain waves. This method is also called Neurofeedback and if often used to treat epilepsy, headaches, ADHD, and substance abuse.
  • Muscle Biofeedback uses an electromyograph (EMG) to monitor muscle response. This method is used to treat anxiety, headaches, incontinence, asthma, TMJ pain, lower back pain, high blood pressure and to strengthen weakened muscles caused by stroke or peripheral nerve damage.
  • Sweat Gland Biofeedback uses an electrodermograph (EDG) to monitor changes in skin moisture. This method is used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and high blood pressure.
  • Respiratory Biofeedback monitors respiration rate and breathing patterns through the use of bands placed around the chest and abdomen. This method is used to treat anxiety, high blood pressure, COPD, and asthma.
  • Heart rate Biofeedback uses sensors and an electrocardiograph to moniter heart rate and rhythm. This method is used to treat depression, hight blood pressure, asthma, and unexplained abdominal pain.
  • Temperature Bioofeedback uses sensors to measure blood flow to the skin. This method is used to treat Raynaud’s Disease, swelling, headache and high blood pressure.

Equipment costs vary depending upon the type of equipment. Expect to pay from $3500.00 to $6500.00 for a quality unit.

In addition, you’ll need to invest 40 to 50 CE hours in the appropriate training. Both onsite and online training is available.

Look for classes that offer training on multiple types of machines and are certified by BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance). Following training, consider applying for BCIA board certification. This certification will provide proof of your credibility as a biofeedback practitioner.

Before adding biofeedback to your chiropractic business, research billing options. Some insurances may cover therapy. The Winter 2003 edition of Biofeedback magazine, published by the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback society, suggests that non-psychotherapy providers may have success when using the billing code 90901. (We have not used this code ourselves, consequently we cannot validate this advice.)

Likewise, consider what kind of chiropractic marketing you will use to reach new patients. To expand beyond current patients, advertise your services through your website and social networking sites. Depending upon cost, small newspaper and pay per click advertisements offer other ways to advertise.

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