Transcendental Meditation Classes for High Blood Pressure Missoula 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.

Torgeir John Finsaas
(406) 532-9770
1305 Wyoming St
Missoula, MT
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(406) 541-8060
910 Brooks St
Missoula, MT
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Psychiatry

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Scott Eugen Elrod
(406) 532-9770
1315 Wyoming St
Missoula, MT
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Psychiatry

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Western Montana Mental Health Center
(406) 830-3060
817 Longstaff St
Missoula, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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Aware Inc
(406) 542-1893
1709 Ernest Ave
Missoula, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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(406) 541-0202
700 South Ave W
Missoula, MT
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Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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(406) 543-3485
1640 South Ave W
Missoula, MT
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Mental Health Professional

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(406) 532-9920
715 Kensington Ave
Missoula, MT
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Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist

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(406) 532-9830
1335 Wyoming St
Missoula, MT
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(406) 542-1411
1273 Dakota St
Missoula, MT
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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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