Brazos Minshew joined the AAPB and the California Biofeedback Society in 1987.
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) was founded in 1969 as the Biofeedback Research Society. AAPB’s mission is to advance the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice.
“My interest in Mind-Body medicine opened many opportunities. I studied Mind-Body medicine through clinical biofeedback with Jack Sandweiss, MA of UCLA and Philip Hughes, PhD in Berkeley. I started a Stress Management program at Charter Psychiatric Hospital with Anthony Picchioni, PhD and Gary Malone, MD. I also served as Stress Management Counsellor at the Howard Center, Baylor-Irving with Sally Hill, RN. There, we were able to combine the philosophy of Functional Medicine to promote physical and emotional health even in the most seriously ill patients. (Functional Medicine supports the modern application of Naturopathic Medicine in the treatment of disease as well as supporting the principles of Traditional Naturopathy in the promotion of Vitalism.)”
Membership in AAPB is open to professionals interested in the investigation and application of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, and in the scientific and professional advancement of the field. AAPB has grown to more than 2,000 members representing the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, physical therapy, education and other health care areas.
“Using Biofeedback, I have treated a variety of concerns and conditions, such as chronic pain, urinary incontinence, high blood pressure, tension headache and migraine headache. I use three types of biofeedback therapy: Thermal biofeedback, using skin temperature; Electromyography (EMG) biofeedback for muscle tension; and, Neurofeedback, or brain wave biofeedback using electroencephalographs (EEG). EEG biofeedback is a specialized type of biofeedback that may help patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction, anxiety, seizures, depression, and other types of brain condition.”
Biofeedback has become an accepted form of treatment not only within the medical community, but with consumers as well. Today, through the efforts of the AAPB staff, board members, committees, and many health care professionals, alternative medicine almost equals traditional medicine in total revenues.