Ebert Family Clinic hosts health seminar on biofeedback and stress reduction
IF YOU GO
What: “Biofeedback for Health,” a free presentation by Dr. Suman Morarka
When: Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Summit County Community and Senior Center, 151 Peak One Blvd., Frisco
Babysitting and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the Ebert Family Clinic at (970) 668-1616.
What if you could learn to control normally unconscious bodily functions, like your heart rate, brainwaves or individual muscle fibers?
Biofeedback, or the use of electronic monitoring to make people more aware of automatic internal processes so they can control them, will be the subject of a health seminar hosted by the Ebert Family Clinic on Thursday.
Health issues such as stomachaches, headaches and depression often are related to stress and anxiety, and biofeedback can help address that, said Dr. Christine Ebert-Santos, a Frisco-based pediatrician.
“This is a very good tool to use instead of drugs,” she said.
Aurora pediatrician Dr. Suman Morarka will give the presentation “Biofeedback for Health” at the Summit County Community and Senior Center and talk about how self-awareness and self-regulation can reduce stress.
She will explain how chronic stress can lead to higher risk of stroke, heart attack and autoimmune disorders, and how a majority of medical expenses are stress related. She’ll also talk about how body activities like breathing rate, skin temperature and blood pressure can be measured electronically, and how people can learn simple techniques that don’t require electronics to change those internal functions and improve their health.
Originally from India, Morarka has been a leader in the Colorado Medical Society and uses biofeedback in her practice.
Ebert-Santos met her during a leadership conference and invited her to speak as part of a free health seminar series Ebert-Santos has hosted on the first Thursday of every month since November.
Ebert-Santos says the presentations — some done by her, some by other doctors — increase her clinic’s visibility in the community and offer people a chance to become more informed about interesting topics. Plus, she said, she learns a lot in the process.
Though she doesn’t know much about specific biofeedback techniques, Ebert-Santos said, she knows that local occupational therapist Judy Herkert-Notaro, who runs Healing Weaver Therapies in Frisco, uses biofeedback to read brainwaves during brain-training exercises.
Next month’s talk will be Oct. 2, and Dr. Tom Smith, who studies and treats cancer in children at Children’s Hospital Colorado, will present.
For more information, contact the Ebert Family Clinic at (970) 668-1616.
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