Thursday, 13 October 2016

How to control high blood prssure

Is your blood pressure more than 120 over 80? If so, you have high blood pressure, a condition that is linked to TMD. May is National Blood Pressure Month so we’re doing our part to help people lower their blood pressure and reduce TMJ symptoms simultaneously.
Stress is the common denominator between high blood pressure (hypertension) and TMJ. It is a root cause for TMJ pain and high blood pressure in many cases, and more stress often makes both matters worse.

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Ways of control high blood pressure:

Blood pressure measures two things: the pressure in arteries during a heartbeat (systolic, higher number) and the pressure in arteries in between beats (diastolic, lower number). Doctors at the Mayo Clinic note that stress can cause temporary spikes in your blood pressure, as surging hormones cause the arteries to constrict and the heart to beat faster. This same stress can also cause some people to involuntarily clench and tense muscles, which is often the case for people with TMJ pain.

Two other commonalities between high blood pressure and TMD are age and certain lifestyle choices. Both conditions can happen at any age, but tend to worsen as a person gets older. Doctors have found that high blood pressure and TMD are more common in people over the age of 50. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, overeating and poor sleep habits can also cause high blood pressure and/or TMJ problems.

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Relaxation Tips That Help Improve TMJ Pain & High Blood Pressure

In addition to avoiding some lifestyle choices, high blood pressure and TMJ pain can be improved by reducing stress. Researchers are still studying whether stress can lead to long-term high blood pressure, but experts agree that relaxing more is good for your overall health. Here are a few relaxation suggestions that can help ease TMJ pain and high blood pressure.

Head and facial massages – Gentle massage is relaxing and can help soothe aching muscles.
Steam showers and saunas – Steam can help to loosen and relax muscles.

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Take calming mental breaks throughout the day - Focus on breathing and clearing your mind. In as little as 10 minutes, stress and the tension it creates can be significantly reduced.
Keep a stress journal – Note anytime you experience stress during the day, what caused it and how you handled it. This will help you identify stress triggers.
Exercise – Being physically active is a proven way to reduce stress, boost feel-good endorphins and improve pain management.

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Change the way you think – Make a list of all the things you can control and the things you can’t control. This will give you a new perspective that helps you stay positive and find solutions to the things you can control.

Free up your schedule – Having too many things on your to-do list and feeling like there’s never enough time often leads to stress. Avoid this by following the 1-3-5 Rule.

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How can reduce high blood pressure

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Ways of low high blood pressure:

Behaving in an apprehensive manner (anxiety) causes the body to produce the stress response. The stress response immediately secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.

Part of the stress response changes include elevating heart rate (which increases blood pressure) and increasing blood sugar so that the body is better equipped to fight or flee.

When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. Consequently, the stress response changes are temporary. Under normal circumstances, these changes quickly subside and present no long-term effects.

When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can cause the body to remain in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants. We call this semi hyperstimulated state, stress-response hyperstimulation.

A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can maintain the stress response changes long after a threat has passed. These changes can cause a persistent increase in blood pressure and blood sugar. In this case, yes, frequently behaving anxiously can cause blood pressure (including the systolic rate - the top number in a blood pressure reading) and blood sugar to rise.

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Moreover, stress responses stress the body. Research has shown that persistent stress, such as that from stress-response hyperstimulation, can cause the bad cholesterol levels to rise. So here again, yes, frequently behaving apprehensively can cause the bad cholesterol levels to rise.

With regard to bad cholesterol, there can be other factors involved, too, such as diet, level of physical activity, and how your body produces cholesterol. But stress itself has been linked to an increase in bad cholesterol.

With the above in mind, again, yes, behaving anxiously can cause an increase in systolic rate, blood sugar, and bad cholesterol.

That’s the bad news.

The good news, however, is that you can reverse all of this by reducing your body’s stress, containing your anxious behavior (you can learn more about containment in Chapter 6 in the Recovery Support area of our website), regular light to moderate exercise (exercise is a great stress and cholesterol reducer), deep relaxation, rest, good sleep, patience, and time.

As your body recovers from its overly stressed state, blood pressure, blood sugar, and the bad cholesterol levels should return to healthy levels.

Keep in mind that it can take more time than you expect for your body to recover from the negative effects of elevated stress (stress-response hyperstimulation). This is why you have to practice your recovery strategies and be patient as your body responds favorably. There are no shortcuts to reversing hyperstimulation.

Nevertheless, once your body has completely recovered from the negative effects of anxiety-caused stress-response hyperstimulation, your systolic rate, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels should return to normal.

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For more information about all of this, including a number of natural and practical ways to reverse the negative effects of stress-response hyperstimulation as well as realistic recovery expectations, members can read chapters 3 through 6 in the Recovery Support area of our website.

If you’d like help learning and applying the skill of containment, you may want to connect with one of our recommended anxiety therapists, coaches, or counselors. They are well equipped to help you overcome problematic anxiety and its ill effects once and for all.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety

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