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The Biofeedback Association of South Africa is a non-profit and collegial association, the purpose of which is to provide access to education, continual supervision and guidelines pertaining to the standards of practice concerning bio-/neurofeedback.

What is Biofeedback?
Who Uses Biofeedback?
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Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance.

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What is Biofeedback?

BFSA agrees with the AAPB’s (Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback) definition of Biofeedback:

“Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feedback” information to the user. The presentation of this information, often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.”

Who Uses Biofeedback?

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Bio-/neurofeedback can be used by professionals in many fields. It is not usually a stand-alone treatment and cannot be used to make a diagnosis in isolation. It is a tool to be used in conjunction with other interventions carried out by registered professionals.

Over approximately the last 50 years, bio-/neurofeedback has been utilized all over the world by professionals from numerous healthcare disciplines, such as medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing, to name a few.

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The mainstream of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners, as represented by AAPB, BCIA, and ISNR, follow a standard of care based on scientific evidence that supports the use of particular biofeedback and neurofeedback methods, instruments, and claims of efficacy.

BFSA’s aim is to provide opportunities for education in biofeedback and neurofeedback as well as offer guidance on ethical and effective use of these modlaities. BFSA negotiates reduced rates for local and international training for our members.

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Presently, a PubMed search will generate over 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies published on this methodology. This includes Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) and Quantitative-Electro-Encephalogram (QEEG) / Brain-Mapping.

The standard definition of Biofeedback is intended to help consumers and the media in recognizing legitimate practitioners and methods, and insurance companies and government agencies in making decisions about biofeedback and neurofeedback coverage.

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Types of Biofeedback

Benefits of becoming a BFSA Member –  some negotiated course discounts apply for members.

Download a pdf of the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback