questions are the ones that we hear most often. If you have a question
that is not addressed please contact us and we will be happy to respond.
Who practices Behavioral Medicine?
Psychologists and social workers generally work with physicians, physical
therapists, and other health care providers in a team approach.
What is Behavioral Medicine?
Behavioral medicine focuses on the development of various skills,
attitudes and behaviors that reduce pain and improve quality of life.
Surgery, injections, and medication are not the only resources for treating
What is Biofeedback?
There are many types of Biofeedback. Each type measures some
biological process and feeds back the information in a way that can be used
by a person to change. For example, sEMG biofeedback measures the
level of muscle tension, EEG or Neurofeedback measures brainwave activity,
Temperature feedback helps to determine blood circulation, and Heart-Rate
Variability provides information on pulse and breathing patterns.
Biofeedback is a specific treatment that addresses some of the physical
problems of pain and can help individuals relax muscles, improve blood-flow
or control brainwave activity. This is often combined with progressive
relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, mental imagery and other forms
Biofeedback does not do anything to you. Instead, it provides
information that allows you to see when change is occurring and to practice
techniques to make positive changes more easily. Like many of the
techniques used in behavioral medicine, biofeedback encourages
self-efficacy. We want you to develop skills and use the body's own
ability to restore health.
What other treatments are used?
A wide variety of therapy and treatment techniques are available.
- Hypnosis may be used with those patients that have sufficient
hypnotic ability. Hypnosis can be especially useful for pain
management, habit disorders such as over-eating or smoking, and
treatment of anxiety or depression.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps individuals understand the impact
of how we think and what we do in everyday life.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Muscle Relaxation, Mental Imagery,
Breathing Techniques help individuals gain self-control of symptoms and
How do you determine what course of treatment is needed?
MBC conducts a full range of
Psychological Testing and Neuropsychological Assessment to determine
what course of treatment is needed.
What types of therapy are available?
Individual therapy addresses issues such as depression or anxiety and
also can address skills for coping with pain and the emotional and social
consequences of pain.
Group therapy is available and allows individuals to share and discuss
coping strategies with others who are dealing with similar problems.
Our therapists are also trained in
substance abuse, vocational and disability counseling, issues that commonly
co-exist with chronic medical conditions. Whether dealing with stress
management, grief counseling or other quality of life concerns, behavioral
medicine can assist in minimizing the the impact of pain.
Will my insurance pay for Behavioral Medicine therapy?
Yes in most cases. However, insurance coverage varies a great deal
and will depend on your policy, the type of service requested and which
therapist is providing the service. For example, some insurance
policies cover biofeedback while others do not. We will assist you in
finding out what your insurance will cover and what your out-of-pocket costs
may be. Payment options are available upon request.
What type of conditions will respond well to Behavioral Medicine?
The therapists at Michigan
Behavioral Consultants provide psychological assessment and treatment
for a wide variety of problems. Please review our specialties
listed on the Specialties page in this website.
Where are you located?
We have Michigan offices in Grand Rapids, Bay City, Holland, Big Rapids,
Greenville, Muskegon, Portage, and St. Joseph. For addresses please go
to our Contact page in this website.
If you want to know more about behavioral medicine ask your Pain
Specialist or medical professional if behavioral medicine will benefit you
with your pain treatment program.
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