The Mind-Body Connection

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This paper will discuss the mind-body connection and it's relevance to health care professionals and to the public. It will explore the history of the mind-body connection, as well as state research that has been done on the subject. The reader will gain an understanding of the various techniques used in mind-body therapy, as well as their effectiveness.

What is the Mind-Body Connection?

It is the idea that the mind and body are not separate entities. Rather, they are intricately connected, interacting with each other in many ways. The body's three main regulatory systems are the central nervous system (which includes the brain), the endocrine system (which produces hormones), and the immune system. These three systems
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The individuals with more stressful lives had significantly greater incidences of infection, as well as greater severity of cold symptoms. The results of this study and many others show a direct link between mental state and disease. (Martin, P. (1997). The Healing Mind. St. Martin's Press.)

What techniques are used in mind-body therapy?

Mind-body therapy understands the direct link between one's emotional and physical health. It focuses on the conscious use of the mind to affect the process of healing. Although many techniques are used in mind-body therapy, we will discuss four of the most commonly used techniques.
One technique used is biofeedback, in which people learn to control certain internal bodily processes that are normally occur involuntarily, such as heart rate or blood pressure. These activities are measured with electrodes and displayed on a moniter. The moniter provides feedback to the participant about the internal workings of his or her body, and the person can then be taught to use this information to gain control over these involuntary activities.
A second technique is imagery, which is thinking that involves the senses. Imagery can have a strong effect on a person's emotions and physiology. It is often helpful in relaxation, pain relief, stimulation of healing responses in the

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