Biofeedback Specialist

Integral Natural Medicine

Shaun LaChute, ND, BCB

Naturopathic Physician located in Bellevue, WA

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.

Biofeedback Q & A

What is biofeedback?

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.

What are the goals of biofeedback?

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.

What types of conditions are commonly treated with biofeedback?

Biofeedback can help with numerous health issues including:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart attack and stroke prevention
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Chronic muscular tension and pain
  • Neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or twitching
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Functional digestive disorders
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia

What are some of the therapies used to help deal with stress?

Dr. Skye has expertise in various methods for using biofeedback to control stressful responses. Biofeedback training techniques and protocols include:

  • Mind-body practices, such as mindfulness training, somatic meditation, and body scan
  • Breathing techniques, including functional breathing, breath inquiry, breath counting, breath pacing, and diaphragmatic breathing
  • Heart rate variability training
  • Resonant frequency
  • Postural modification
  • Dysponesis/tension recognition training
  • Muscle discrimination training
  • Target muscle isolation training
  • Relaxation downtraining
  • Autogenics
  • emWave and loving kindness meditation

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.