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Stress Management in Midtown

Woman under stressStress is a modern-day malady that can wreak havoc on our health. Headaches, high blood pressure, stomach pain, weight gain and reduced immunity all can be the result of stress.
From work-related pressures to relationship issues to terrible traffic, sources of stress are numerous and varied. At Dr. Robert Shire, we want every patient to be able to manage stress effectively. While there are many ways to arrest stress one that we recommend and offer is biofeedback.

Biofeedback Benefits

Biofeedback is a technique to improve stress management. The aim is to improve health and performance by retraining the patient and offering strategies to manage stress.

The noninvasive, scientifically based method is utilized to observe and manage your nervous system’s response to stress.  Sensitive instruments measure biological processes such as skin temperature, respiration, muscle tension and heart rate with the purpose of “feeding back” information to the individual in order to gain control of these processes during times of stress.

The Process

We first will place electrodes on your skin and also may employ finger sensors. The sensors transmit signals to a monitor. You will see a display that includes a sound or image that signifies the following:

  • Your heart rate and breathing rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Skin temperature
  • Sweating

If you are experiencing stress, the above functions become altered. Specifically, your heart rate increases, your muscles tense, your blood pressure becomes elevated, you begin to sweat, and your breathing accelerates. You will be able to witness these stress responses as they occur on the monitor. We will provide you with instant feedback as you try to halt the responses.
Research has shown that receiving information about your body’s reaction to stress will effect a change in your physiological responses, allowing you to feel better.

If you’d like to combat stress naturally with biofeedback, contact us today to book an appointment!


Dr. Robert Shire | (212) 752-6770