2021 Volume 48 Issue 1 Pages 33-38
What should we do in order to continue using biofeedback for patients/clients waiting treatment/therapy during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, when many are trying to avoid any unnecessary personal face-to-face contact? The authors have developed a new method of treatment using the web video conferencing system, frequently used these days in Japan. It combines the methodologies used in the three fields ; medicine, technology and psychology of JSBR (Japanese Society for Biofeedback Research). It also utilizes a combination treatment regimen of autogenic training, biofeedback and slow breathing, that the authors have been using in practice since the 1990s. Five female participants, who suffered from hypersensitivity to cold, were treated via the internet, and the positive results were televised on national television in Japan. The use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in a treatment/therapy setting is a very fragile one. The authors mention how ICT literacy on both ends (sending and receiving) of the communication is a key element in the “fair” use of communication tools via the internet.