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Biofeedback 101

by Heather Miadowicz, MPT, BCIAC
(4.3 / 6106 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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The term biofeedback came about in the 1960s largely through the studies of Neal Miller. In 1969, the Biofeedback Research Society (now known as the Applied Association for Psychophysiology and Biofeedback) was formed to unify the new field. Healthcare professionals across disciplines may find it helpful to include biofeedback in their treatment repertoire, especially when treating those with chronic pain or other lifestyle disorders. Stress assessment and teaching relaxation techniques are often important steps toward helping these patients. There are many methods of biofeedback, including heart-rate variability, surface electromyography, skin temperature, skin conductance and electroencephalography.  Common ailments treated with some efficacy using biofeedback include chronic pain/headache, anxiety, ADHD, hypertension, seizure disorders, and urinary incontinence.


The goal of this module is to provide physical therapists, athletic trainers, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators and nurses with information regarding history and common forms of biofeedback, initial assessment and treatment plan for the biofeedback patient, stress management strategies and disorders frequently treated using biofeedback. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the correlation between stress and illness, as well as relaxation techniques for stress management
  • Describe the basic set-up and application of the most common methods of biofeedback
  • Identify three common ailments treated using biofeedback

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators and nurses.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S0169 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14; 14S0488 for 01/02/14 to 01/02/15, 15S0765 for 01/03/15 to 01/03/16; 16S0773 for 01/04/16 to 01/04/17; 17S0137 for 01/05/17 to 01/05/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130019850 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021513 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024051 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27012 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538040 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; 18S0785 for 1/6/18 to 1/6/19); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4824 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; 5265 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; 5828 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; 2222 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; 2016-532 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004021 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007015 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010103 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 964-2012 for 01/08/13 to 01/31/14; 726-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-838 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/25/13 to 01/25/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/15/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4593 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/21/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/21/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


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James W - Birdsboro, PA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
good, brief overview of biofeedback
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Anita K - Langhorne, PA  ·  Nov 10, 2018
Good overview with specific examples
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Kevin A - Austin, TX  ·  Nov 10, 2018
great course will take again thanks
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Marina P - Brooklyn, NY  ·  Oct 21, 2018
refreshing .good to have it at my fingers at home settings
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Darren P - Durham, NC  ·  Oct 20, 2018
Good overview of course content for my practice area
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Price: $19.00
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