Biofeedback in the Treatment of the Stress Response

  • George S. EverlyJr.
  • Jeffrey M. Lating


The purpose of this chapter is to provide a basic introduction to biofeedback and to discuss how it relates to the treatment of excessive stress. Although being applied for more than 40 years, biofeedback may still be considered by some to be “high-technology” therapy that may be used to (1) engender a relaxation response, thus treating the stress response itself, or (2) alter target-organ activity, thus treating the symptoms of excessive stress arousal. Indeed, it can help to do this and possibly more by restoring and even enhancing balance and control to the systems involved.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Heart Rate Variability Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Galvanic Skin Response Pelvic Floor Muscle Training 
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We would like to thank Russ Hibler, PhD, ABPP, Affiliate Faculty Loyola University Maryland, for his early review of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George S. EverlyJr.
    • 1
  • Jeffrey M. Lating
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins UniversitySeverna ParkUSA
  2. 2.Loyola University MaylandBaltimoreUSA

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