BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

      



About BFSA

Welcome to the The Biofeedback Association of South Africa (BFSA). BFSA 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.

BFSA agrees with AAPB’s 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."

Bio-/neurofeedback is a physiologically-based learning tool to assist people in recognizing their physiological functioning in various circumstances. This information can be used to learn to control those aspects that are not optimal. 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.

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 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. The standard definition 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.

 

Different issues that arise from dysregulated central and peripheral nervous system require different training goals and approaches..(read more)page here where they have access to AAPB booklet