Biofeedback uses computers and sensors to gather information on how the body responds physiologically to stress. Dr. Shaun “Skye” LaChute uses biofeedback to help patients develop mental, physical, and emotional awareness of their symptoms as well as their contributing thoughts and behaviors. She offers biofeedback sessions at her practice, Integral Natural Medicine in Bellevue, Washington. Biofeedback will help you learn how to gain control over seemingly involuntary responses to stressful thoughts, emotions, and events to promote better health and wellness.
When you’re under stress, your body has natural, physiological responses, such as an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature. The purpose of biofeedback therapy is to help you develop an awareness of these involuntary responses in your body. Once you know how your body’s reactions may contribute to uncomfortable physical symptoms and possibly disease, you can learn to regulate these responses.
To monitor your body’s responses, Dr. Skye applies electrodes to your skin, and sometimes uses finger sensors. The sensors send signals to a computer, giving her feedback on your heart rate, breathing patterns, blood pressure, skin temperature, muscle activity, and sweating.
Using biofeedback helps you develop a physical, mental, and emotional awareness of your physical symptoms that appear when you’re under stress. Through the sessions, you learn to regulate these symptoms, so that stressful thoughts, emotions, and events have less of an impact on you. Dr. Skye will teach you relaxation skills you can apply to real-life circumstances to help control your involuntary physiological responses to stress.
Biofeedback can help with numerous health issues including:
Dr. Skye has expertise in various methods for using biofeedback to control stressful responses. Biofeedback training techniques and protocols include:
Not every one of these techniques is appropriate for each patient. Dr. Skye will evaluate your responses and develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
"Dr. Skye’s great-listening skills combined with a wealth of expertise produced very targeted & spot-on advice that has greatly improved my sleep & daily energy level."
"I have appreciated Dr. LaChute’s care over the last few months. She is a knowledgeable, gentle, & caring practitioner. She’s personally easy to relate to~ very friendly"