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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