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MIND BODY TECHNIQUES

The purpose of mind-body techniques is to train the mind to focus on the body without distractions in order to improve health. This can be accomplished through the use of numerous techniques such as:

  • Biofeedback: method that trains people to control certain involuntary body processes, such as heart rate or blood pressure. A monitor provides feedback about the internal processes of your body which is used to gain control over these involuntary actions. Biofeedback is very effective to lower blood pressure, for headaches and chronic pain

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: used to help people identify and change harmful thoughts. This method is useful in the case of phobias and depression

  • Meditation: mindfulness and transcendental meditation are two forms among many others used to help people focus on their thoughts and feelings

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: consists of slowly tensing and releasing each muscle group, starting from the toes and finishing at the top of the head

  • Hypnosis: a state of deep concentration during which a person becomes highly responsive to suggestions while their body is totally relaxed. Used for addictions, pain, anxiety, phobias as well as other disorders

  • Spirituality: beliefs and attitudes can bring an inner peace which according to certain studies affect physical and mental health

  • Exercise: the health benefits of regular exercise regardless of age, sex or physical ability are many: mood enhancement, weight loss, energy booster and improved sleep are only a few

Numerous studies have found that  mind-body techniques may improve or help in the treatment of the following conditions: tinnitus, asthma, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, depression, irritability), mental health (ADD/ADHD), cancer, pain and nausea/vomiting related to chemotherapy, insomnia, migraine, digestive problems (diarrhea, colitis, heartburn, Crohn’s disease,etc.), as well as many others

“THE NATURAL HEALING FORCE WITHIN EACH ONE OF US

IS THE GREATEST FORCE IN GETTING WELL ”
Hippocrates (460 - 370 BC)

MIND BODY THERAPIES

Mind-body medicine believes the power of thoughts and emotions can influence physical health. In fact psycho-neuroimmunology is an interdisciplinary approach which studies the interraction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems.

This field encompasses psychology, psychiatry, behavioural medicine, immunology, physiology, genetics, endocrinology, rheumatology, physical and mental equilibrium and the ability to enjoy life.

« A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY »
Thates Miletus, (624 – 546 BC)
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