Transcendental Meditation Classes for High Blood Pressure Helena MT

Reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free.

Keith D Foster
(406) 444-7500
2755 Colonial Dr
Helena, MT
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Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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John Thomas Harris
(406) 443-7151
900 Jackson St
Helena, MT
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Psychiatry

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Krista Jeanne David
(406) 449-3120
616 Helena Ave
Helena, MT
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Psychiatry

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Youth Dynamics Inc
(406) 449-4908
219 N Rodney St
Helena, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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Aware Inc
(406) 449-3120
616 Helena Ave
Helena, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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Klein Stuart (Lcpc)
(406) 449-7531
2969 Airport Rd
Helena, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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Robert Caldwell
(406) 495-1515
1125 Missoula Ave
Helena, MT
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Psychiatry

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Montana Counseling Center
(406) 442-2914
25 S Ewing St Ste 510
Helena, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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Murray R. Kerrick Certified Rolfer
(406) 431-4246
25 S Ewing St
Helena, MT
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Massage Practitioner, Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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First Health Services
(406) 449-2331
111 N Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT
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Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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Reducing Stress to Reduce High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

Q: I know that reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. What’s the best stress-busting technique?

A: Transcendental meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free. The benefits come by way of physiological effects such as slowing the respiratory rate and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Calming these aspects of the stress response helps blood vessels relax and widen, which reduces pressure.

One study found that a group of African-Americans who practiced TM lowered their blood pressure by twice as much as a comparison group who used a progressive muscle relaxation technique. In fact, the TM group’s blood pressure dropped by the same amount one would expect to see if they had just begun taking medication. Eight years later, their mortality from cardiovascular disease was 67 percent lower than that of the other relaxation group, and 75 percent lower than that of a control group that received no relaxation training at all.

TM is also thought to reduce anxiety—another key to lowering blood pressure—partly by stimulating the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin. While there’s less evidence to support other forms of meditation, they may also be helpful.

TM is taught at Maharishi Vedic Centers. You can find the nearest one by calling 888.532.7686, or look online at www.tm.org .

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