For Patients: Insurance coverage for biofeedback is often available from health insurers but the plans vary widely. You or your primary care provider may want to check with your insurance company for coverage details regarding biofeedback. Your local biofeedback provider is also likely to be aware of coverage issues.
Facts for Insurance Decision Makers:
- Biofeedback is a modality of treatment for functional disorders wherein physiological measures are monitored and transformed into simple auditory or visual information. The individual learns to control the physiology being measured.
- Biofeedback is a safe, effective and non-invasive procedure.
- Biofeedback is done by qualified professionals from many disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, occupational and physical therapy, and other allied health areas.
- Biofeedback is used to treat such disorders and health problems as headache, hypertension, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary problems, Raynaud's Disease and stroke rehabilitation.
- Stress costs untold millions of dollars in health care and lost time from work. Biofeedback provides training in self-care, shifting responsibility for health to the individual.
- Because biofeedback is a multidisciplinary modality, it can be used to treat stress-related disorders by psychologists, physicians or allied health professionals.
- Biofeedback frequently enhanced the effectiveness of other treatments by making patients more aware of their own role in health and disease. It is most commonly used in conjunction with other traditional therapies