Wouldn’t it be great if you could ditch your blood pressure medication and control hypertension naturally? Biofeedback is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for patients who want to minimize their reliance on medication and take charge of their own health. The techniques applied in biofeedback can help control body processes that are generally considered to be involuntary, such as blood pressure. If you are one of the 68 million Americans who suffers from high blood pressure, this safe and painless therapy is worth a try.

Although Chinese, Indian and Greek healers have used “mind over body” techniques for centuries, the western form of biofeedback using electrical sensors was developed in the 1940s. Traditionally viewed as a complementary and alternative medicine technique, biofeedback is rapidly gaining support in mainstream medicine as study after study validates its effectiveness.

In biofeedback sessions, patients are connected to electrical sensors that measure and receive information from the body.  The sensors monitor the body’s physiological state and measure brain waves, skin temperature and muscle tension. The sensors allow the patient to “see” certain bodily functions via a series of beeps and monitors.

As a patient becomes more aware of how their body responds to the biofeedback techniques, they become more sensitized to the signals they are receiving. This information can be used to teach patients how to make subtle changes, like changing breathing patterns or relaxing specific muscles, to treat certain conditions.

The length of the sessions will vary depending on how quickly the patient learns to control physical responses. A typical biofeedback session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. After a few sessions, the sensors and monitors are no longer needed because the patient instinctively understands what is going on within his body.  In addition to treating medical conditions like high blood pressure, biofeedback can also help prevent certain health problems, improve overall health and create a sense of wellbeing.

If you decide to try biofeedback to lower blood pressure or otherwise improve your health, it is important that you go to an experienced therapist who is licensed by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America.  In addition to biofeedback, your therapist may also recommend lifestyle changes such as a low-fat diet, nutritional supplements, exercise and stress reduction techniques.

Biofeedback is a prime example of the importance of the mind-body connection and fortunately it has made its way into mainstream medicine. Talk to your holistic practitioner about making biofeedback a component of your blood pressure treatment plan so that you can improve your health the natural way.