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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 Bio-/Neurofeedback?
Who Uses Bio-/Neurofeedback?
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Bio-/Neurofeedback 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 Bio-/Neurofeedback?

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

BFSA’s aim is to provide opportunities for education in bio-/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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10,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies on the efficacy of bio-/neurofeedback. These studies include research on Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) and Quantitative-Electro-Encephalogram (QEEG) / Brain-Mapping.

The standard definition of bio-/neurofeedback is intended to help consumers and the media to recognise legitimate practitioners and methods; to assist insurance companies and government agenciesto legitamise claims for bio-/neurofeedback training sessions.

Modalities of Bio-/Neurofeedback
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Modalities of Bio-/Neurofeedback

Download a pdf of the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Bio-Neurofeedback