Clinical Hypnotherapy - Hypertension
Clinical Hypnotherapy  - Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Diagram of the human heart (cropped)Hypertension - HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Known as the "silent killer", high blood pressure rarely has obvious symptoms.   

Around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure but many don't know it. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.   The only way of knowing there is a problem is to have your blood pressure measured.  

All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. If you haven’t had yours measured, or you don’t know what your blood pressure reading is, ask your GP to check it for you.   

What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries (large blood vessels) as it is pumped around your body by your heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your body and your heart, which makes it more likely that you will suffer a heart attack, a stroke or kidney disease.   

Contemporary evidence based research, demonstrates that there is a role to be played in reducing essential, primary and secondary hypertension for Ericksonian Hypnosis (Irina Holdevici and Barbara Craciun 2012).   

The two measurements, which make up your blood pressure are called the systolic and diastolic readings. They are shown with the highest the systolic above the lowest the diastolic conventionally it is one above the other and is measured in mmhg (millimeters of mercury) as that is the element used in the original pressure gauges.   It is important to know that your blood pressure is not static, it changes throughout the day, and can go up and down depending upon what you are doing; emotional state and your physical health.     

In 90% of cases of high blood pressure (the ‘Primary’ Hypertension cases), doctors are unable to find a physical cause – and that’s where the hypnotherapy can help.  

Recommend blood pressure is below 120/80, and ideally around 115/75.    The most common factors that impact on blood pressure are:  

  • The health of your body  
  • Your emotions  
  • Salt intake 
  • Exercise 
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Weight     

It has been shown in many research papers that lifestyle changes can reduce these risk factors that not only reduce your high blood pressure but also improve your overall health dramatically.  

Your blood pressure reading 
   
A certain amount of pressure is need to pump the blood around your body.    

The pressure is highest as the heart pumps blood into the arteries, and lowest when the heart is resting in-between beats.   

There are many things can affect your blood pressure reading, so just one high reading does not necessarily mean high blood pressure.   

A blood pressure of 160/100 mmHg and above is considered to carry an increased risk to health and will require treatment to lower it.    

But by working with you to reduce the common risk factors, we can help you take  back control.