Renowned Biofeedback Expert Helps Clinicians Optimize Health in Clients Working from Home

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The Biofeedback Federation of Europe is pleased to release the digital version of the book “Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer” by Dr. Erik Peper and Katherine Hughes Gibney that provides guidance on the use of surface EMG to monitor muscle tension, optimal breathing techniques for stress reduction, and ergonomics at the computer.

(photo by Paul Asper)

Incorrect ergonomic arrangement and stressed work style often increases neck and shoulder discomfort, and aggravates eye strain and tiredness.

While many modern workstations have been ergonomically designed with the well-being of the occupant in mind, that may not be the case for the average home office. With a huge segment of the workforce now working from home due to COVID-19, the typical “home office” might just be a place at the kitchen table, a small desk in a spare bedroom or even a spot on the couch. According to Dr. Erik Peper, Professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University and President of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe, “Incorrect ergonomic arrangement and stressed work style often increases neck, shoulder discomfort and aggravates eye strain and tiredness.” His book, “Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer” co-authored with Katherine Hughes Gibney, provides a wealth of information for health practitioners on how to assess and train their clients in various biofeedback techniques for optimal health while working at the computer.

The digital version of the book has been made available as a free download from the Biofeedback Federation of Europe. It is ideal for clinicians already using biofeedback as well as those interested in learning how access to physiological data can aid in better outcomes for their clients.

Dr. Peper offers many tips on things that individuals can do to minimize the challenges of working from home on his blog “the peper perspective.” Among them are scheduling mini breaks throughout the day, minimizing eye fatigue, practicing diaphragmatic breathing and optimizing arrangement of the home office setup. He explores these topics in depth in his forthcoming book “Tech Stress: How Technology Is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics” (Peper, E., Harvey, R., & Faass) Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

About Erik Peper, Ph.D., BCB
Erik is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. Since 1970 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health Studies, Institute for Holistic Health Studies, at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He holds Senior Fellow (Biofeedback) certification from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. He has a biofeedback practice at Biofeedback Health. He received the 2004 California Governor’s Safety Award for his work on Healthy Computing. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery. His new co-authored book, TechStress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics, will be published August, 2020. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective: ideas on illness, health and well-being, and is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health and has been featured on and in GQ, Glamour, Men’s Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, and Women’s Health.

About the Biofeedback Federation of Europe
The Biofeedback Federation CIC is a community interest company based in the UK dedicated to increasing awareness about the benefits of biofeedback and providing education, training and certification to professionals. It is entirely supported by revenues generated in its online shop, through sponsorships and donations. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop.

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