Clinton Initiative Inspires US Health Professionals to Give Back to Their Communities – Starting with Chronic Pain Sufferers

The Biofeedback Federation in England (BFE) helps health professionals adopt new technology to serve their local communities. According to program director Mark Schwartz, “Using new techniques and technology allows healthcare practitioners to educate their communities on the potential of biofeedback/neurofeedback to change people’s lives for the better.”

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Mark Schwartz, MBA, BSc. hons

Biofeedback is very strong in the US and has a long tradition in research and clinical practice.

(PRWEB) April 30, 2012

"Realizing the Potential of Biofeedback: An International Call to Action" was the title of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society’s annual conference that took place last weekend in Newark, NJ. Delegates from over half a dozen states heard from presenters on a wide range of health issues of key concern to the American public. One of the presenters was Mr. Mark Schwartz, MBA, BSc.hons, who spoke on ways to coordinate the efforts and experience of many health disciplines to do more to help communities meet the growing needs for improved health and performance, especially for those suffering from chronic pain.

“I was very pleased to answer the call for action and offer the services of the Biofeedback Federation in England to provide online support, education and training through the “Learn From the Best” (LFB) Program” replied Mr. Schwartz when asked about the conference. “Biofeedback is very strong in the US and has a long tradition in research and clinical practice. Thanks to the NRBS, many health professionals and members of the public have an opportunity to learn more about the techniques used in applied psychophysiology, biofeedback and neurofeedback.”

“The field has moved forward so quickly with new computer, internet and multimedia changes that many professionals have been left behind. The NRBS and other biofeedback initiatives are leading the way to help specialty clinics, hospitals and private practices catch up on the latest research and therapeutic interventions that use hard data to support their claims.”

Chronic Pain Weeks in 2012
An important aspect of the BFE-LFB program is promoting regional societies and the services offered by their members to community groups in their regions via social media. On May 12, 2012 Mr. Schwartz will present a webinar on marketing a regional event on the internet. He will introduce biofeedback and some of the relationships between the brain, the heart and the body as they relate to chronic pain and will present examples of how the federation uses social media to share uplifting stories and the latest research with communities of chronic pain sufferers around the world. Mr. Schwartz is planning events for Chronic Pain week(s) in the US, Canada, England and Australia where participants can learn how biofeedback and real-time electrophysiological monitoring can contribute to solving the puzzle of pain.

Chronic Pain Education &Training
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, “Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually.” In a recent webinar titled Psychophysiological Assessment of Chronic Pain, Dr. Richard Sherman, Dean of the Psychophysiology Doctoral Program at the University of Natural Medicine in the US and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Foundation discussed how biofeedback can be used to treat various types of pain.

Breathing Better with EZ-Air Plus
There are many biofeedback approaches, but most practioners will agree that an important first step is learning proper breathing techniques. The BFE offers a program called EZ-Air Plus that allows the user to place a small bargraph or linegraph on their computer screen to pace their inhalation and exhalation. You can let it run continuously, or take mini-breaks throughout the day. EZ-Air Plus is available for a 30-day free trial on the BFE website at http://www.bfe.org.

About the BFE-LFB (Learn From the Best) Program
BFE-LFB program provides continuing education via conferences, seminars, workshops, internet courses, and software for professionals around the world. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams, like the BFE Chronic Pain Team. Financial support comes from the Biofeedback Federation CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Corporation located in England UK. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop. The next BFE Annual Conference , their sixteenth, is scheduled to take place September 11-15, 2012 in Rzeszów, Poland.

Contact:
Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager
education(at)bfe(dot)org