Stress Test Marshalltown IA

Wouldn’t it be great if someone followed you around all day and tapped you on the shoulder whenever you were about to become stressed—a gentle reminder to take a moment to breathe and relax? You may find that reminder in biofeedback.

Bergman Michael Psychologist
(641) 752-1585
9 N 4th Ave
Marshalltown, IA
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Mental Health Professional

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Ronald Pelz
(641) 691-1166
206 West Church Street
Marshalltown, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
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Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Chicago
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Douglas F Steenblock
(641) 752-1585
9 N 4th Ave
Marshalltown, IA
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Psychiatry

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Paul Daniel
(641) 752-1585
Marshalltown, IA
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Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
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National Certified Counselor
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Spanish, Tamil, Singhalese

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa
(641) 446-2383
302 NE 14th St
Leon, IA
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Mental Health Professional

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Terrence L Augspurger
(641) 752-1585
9 N 4th Ave
Marshalltown, IA
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Child Psychiatry

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Brian J. Steiner
(641) 844-1200
16 East Main Street
Marshalltown, IA
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Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
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Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: Baylor University
Credentialed Since: 1993-05-28

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(641) 484-5234
1309 S Broadway St
Toledo, IA
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Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist

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Sandra K Antoniak
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Psychiatry

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Angela Stokes
(712) 239-1111
2601 Apache Court
Sioux City, IA
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Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
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Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
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Doctoral Program: U So Dakota
Credentialed Since: 2006-07-25

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Putting Stress to the Test

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By Matthew Solan

Wouldn’t it be great if someone followed you around all day and tapped you on the shoulder whenever you were about to become stressed—a gentle reminder to take a moment to breathe and relax? You may find that reminder in biofeedback.

An effective, high-tech approach to stress management, biofeedback uses sensors, computers, and visual images to record your reaction to different stressors. Biofeedback teaches you how to recognize the signs of stress in your body—such as changes in breathing pattern, heart rate and rhythm, and perspiration—and how to control those responses.

“Biofeedback is about knowing how to properly react and ‘feed back’ better information to your body,” says Beth Golden, PhD, a board-certified biofeedback practitioner at The Therapeutic Body Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Once you identify your unique “stress triggers,” you can use relaxation exercises to calm yourself. “This teaches your body what a relaxed state should feel like,” says Golden. Over time your body learns to shift to a relaxed state automatically whenever it senses stress.

Since ongoing stress can trigger an assortment of ailments, experts have used biofeedback to fight many illnesses and disorders in which stress plays a vital role, such as chronic pain, diabetes, migraines, and anxiety. It can even help treat health issues like compulsive eating and insomnia, which often worsen with stress.

Yet biofeedback offers more than stress management: It can also help increase your energy when you feel sluggish and unfocused. Celeste De Bease, PhD, program director of the Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, compares it to the way you might tune a car engine. “When your car is revved too hot, you need to cool it down, and when it’s too low you need to speed it up,” she explains. “It’s the same with your nervous system. Sometimes it needs to be calmed down; other times it needs to be stimulated—biofeedback can teach you how to do both.”

Stress sessions
There are four common types of biofeedback: surface electromyogram, thermal, galvanic skin response, and electroencephalogram. Here’s a look at each, how they work, and what science has found they can accomplish.

Surface Electromyogram (SEMG). An SEMG uses electrodes to measure muscle tension and alerts you either by a visual image or a sound when your muscles tense. SEMG has been used to treat muscle injuries and chronic pain like headaches, backache, neck pain, and TMJ (jaw) pain, as well as conditions such as asthma and diabetes, in which stress reduction helps to alleviate symptoms. For example, a recent study published in Diabetes Care discovered that type-2 diabetics were able to decrease average blood sugar levels and muscle tension when they used SEMG biofeedback and relaxation exercises for three months.

Thermal Biofeedback. Stress hormones cause the temperature in your hands and feet to drop. With thermal biofeedbac...

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