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Hypertension

“Hypertension” is a complex disease characterized by sustained elevations of systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), or both. Biofeedback is a technique that trains people to improve their health by controlling certain bodily processes that normally happen involuntarily such as blood pressure (BP).   Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of biofeedback in lowering BP in individuals with essential hypertension.

During treatment, you will work with one of our trained health psychologists who will explain the basic facts about hypertension and instruct you how to accurately measure BP.  Your therapist will repeatedly monitor and record your BP while using several different types of biofeeback.  These include thermal, direct BP, surface electromyographic (EMG), electrodermal, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) biofeedback.  You will develop the ability to identify the sensations that accompany reductions in SBP and devise personalized techniques to lower BP.

Behavioral Associates is one of the only practices worldwide to utilize state of the art biofeedback equipment that includes an automated BP monitor. We hope to be able to work with you to develop and retain effective self-regulation of your BP.

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