We’re all familiar with bodily processes like our heart rate or how hot or cold we feel. But many times it doesn’t seem like there’s much we can do to change it – except try to calm down or put on a sweater. But what if you could?
Biofeedback is a kind of therapy that helps you become more aware of these physical processes and how they can be affected by your behavior. In doing so, you can learn to use techniques that can give you a measure of control over these bodily processes.
BioZen, the new mobile app from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) takes what usually involves complicated, messy equipment and puts it wirelessly on your smartphone.
Using special sensors in combination with the BioZen app, you can track your body temperature, heart rate – even your brainwaves! By changing your behavior, you can see how to influence all these processes and possibly even control some of them. While this may seem farfetched, biofeedback has a number of practical applications.
Learning to warm your hands, for example, means that you are increasing blood flow throughout your body and has been shown to help relieve migraines.
“This is really a one-of-a-kind application,” said Dr. David Cooper, T2 psychologist. “BioZen makes it easier for anyone to get started with biofeedback and makes it easier for clinicians to use with patients, both in and out of the clinic.”
T2 is also releasing an update to the T2 Mood Tracker app that fixes several bugs and makes it easier to research how this app and others like it can be used to better support people. “By making it easier for researchers to use T2 Mood Tracker in their studies, we can make it easier to learn how we can make this technology better for those that need it,” said Dr. Cooper.
BioZen is currently only available on Android, but T2 Mood Tracker is available for both Android and iOS. More information on these and other applications by T2 can be found here.
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