INDIGO Biofeedback

Welcoming a New Generation For a Better Mind, Body & Spirit 
Kelly Bone, CBS, LSHC

Hypertension


Blood pressure is the force with which blood circulates toward and away from the heart;
when it is too high or high for prolonged periods, the pressure can become too strong for
the arteries. This can be dangerous, especially in cases where arteries are weakened or
clogged by cholesterol. High blood pressure, referred to as hypertension, is a major risk
factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease, the number
one and three killers in the USA.

Hypertension is also called the silent killer, because 20% of people have it and do not
know it. In fact, 33% of non institutionalized American adults, and 53% of Nursing Home
residents are known to have hypertension (2010). It is estimated that the direct and
indirect costs of high blood pressure this year in the United States alone will total $76.6
billion. Sixty per cent of people with diabetes are also hypertensive; poor diet, lack of
exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, and obesity also put people at a great risk of contracting
hypertension. Many people experience no symptoms at all, while others experience
dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, blurred vision or nausea. Standard treatment
includes anti-hypertensive medications, diet and exercise. (Linden, Lenz, 2001)

The science behind biofeedback’s role in managing hypertension:

Biofeedback-assisted relaxation therapy has been shown in many studies to control
essential hypertension. Linden, et al. reported that after 10 weeks of psychophysiologic
treatment, including individualized relaxation therapy and biofeedback, significant
reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were observed. In a separate
study, Yucha et al provided a multi-modal training program to hypertensive individuals
and also reported significant decreases in blood pressure.
(Kuboki, Nakao, Nomura, Yano 2003)
These studies showed biofeedback resulted in significantly greater reductions in SBP (7.3
mmHg) and DBP (5.8 mmHg) than other modalities. Another study revealed significant
reductions in systolic blood pressure were observed over eight weeks in the patients who
used the (biofeedback) device compared with controls. (Yucha, 2008) In some instances,
as biofeedback trains clients to improve relaxation skills and self-regulation over blood
pressure, the dosage of anti-hypertensive medication required for homeostasis is
decreased; thus minimizing the burdens of chemical toxicity on the body.

Probable mechanisms of INDIGO biofeedback efficacy in hypertension:

INDIGO biofeedback works by helping clients relax. In the relaxed state they are able to
change physiological responses which cause: the constriction of peripheral blood vessels,
heart racing from stress hormones, inflammation and deterioriation of blood vessels due
to prolonged effects of excessive cortisol and increased blood pressure overall. It is also
able to help clients gain control over certain nervous system responses, resulting in
improved circulation, body temperature and decreased sympathetic activity. These
relaxing effects of biofeedback may also help reduce blood pressure by restoring proper
blood pressure dipping during sleep. (McGrady, nd)

In addition, biofeedback can also be helpful in managing the co-morbid conditions and
risk factors associated with hypertension. Please see our White Pages on obesity, diabetes,
stress, and addictions.
If you or someone you love needs help managing hypertension we invite you to share this
information on the benefits of INDIGO biofeedback with them today.


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