National Stress Awareness Day

Stress

We often hear from our friends and family, or hear ourselves indicate just how stressed we are, on a daily basis. Stress is actually a very common emotional response that most people do experience. While stress affects everyone differently, it largely depends upon how we are able to deal with the stress when we realize it is impacting our day-to-day lives.

There is no way to fully eliminate stress. However, when stress reaches too high of a level it can lead to anxiety, worry, and panic attacks, it can also lower your immune response and lead to increased risks for illnesses and diseases.

Is stress ever beneficial?

Stress can motivate us. It can stimulate brain functions and allows us to perform deductive reasoning, it may improve our concentration, and allows us to focus on specific tasks.

In fact, stress can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently. As stress levels increase, the initial response is normally one that allows us to be highly productive and complete tasks. This in turns, makes us feel a sense of accomplishment, and stress levels become less and remain within the “acceptable” range. It can even boost memory. Stress is also a vital warning system, producing the fight-or-flight response. When the brain perceives some kind of stress, it starts flooding the body with chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. But, when stress levels continue to increase past this point is where we need to be concerned.

When Should You Be Concerned about Stress?

Constant, elevated stress levels do not allow our bodies to respond in a positive manner. Chronic stress , or a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Help?

HBOT exposes our bodies to elevated levels of oxygen-rich air. Since more oxygen is being spread throughout the circulatory system and tissues within the body, it stimulates the body’s healing response system. In addition, the oxygen helps reduce anxiety levels and stress levels due to heightened levels of oxygen within the brain and creates a calming effect. Stress and anxiety slowly start to become less intense emotions and are replaced by a relaxed state of mind.

HBOT has been used by military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those that receive regular HBOT noticed many of the symptoms associated with PTSD, like depression and anxiety became less frequent and severe, allowing them to better integrate back into private life and society.

Other Benefits of HBOT

Besides providing stress and anxiety relief, HBOT promotes healing within the body. People have used this form of treatment to help speed recovery times after an accident or surgical procedure. Other people have used it as an alternative form of treatment for various medical conditions, such as poor circulation, infections in the soft tissues, digestive and intestinal problems, arthritis, chronic pain, and more.

If you would like more information on HBOT and its benefits to physical and mental stress, please call us today.

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Knock Out TBI

We are excited to be a sponsor for “Knock Out TBI” a fundraiser for the Richard A. Neubauer Research Institute.

Join us March 11th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mission Viejo – for Fight Night, All you can eat chicken wings, and opportunities to win great prizes, while supporting veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD.

See the flyer below for more information – tickets are available online

Lecture Series at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Institute

We have announced our 2017 Lecture Series. There is no cost to attend any of the lectures, to help us plan better, we do ask you to reserve a ticket for the event. All events will be held at 6 Hughes in Irvine. Please come to the back of the building to the Oxygen Therapy Department.

January 17, 2017

Traumatic Brain Injuries

February 9, 2017

Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, MS Tickets available here.

March 9, 2017

Autism/CP

April 6, 2017

Cancer/Radiation/Chemo Therapy

May 4, 2017

Sports Rehab

June 8, 2017

Stroke/Bells Palsy

July 13, 2017

Children: Near Drowning/Autism/Children’s injury

August 10, 2017

Surgical Recovery

September 7, 2017

Immune Disorders:

October 12, 2017

Headaches/Injury Recovery

November 9, 2017

Veterans Program, TBI and PTSD

December 7, 2017

Children: CP/Autism/ADHD