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How to treat headaches, stress and anxiety

Everyone suffers from headaches, stress or anxiety from time to time. Technology advancements bring new treatments to the market.

There are many treatments available but some are risky and others are not cost effective. Medical devices and medicine costs can add up quickly. Many devices aim to treat headaches, but their effectiveness is sometimes questionable. New research and devices are trying to change the game in stress and headache relief.

Most devices utilize one or two methods of treatment. The three most popular technologies used in stress relief and headache relief devices are: Red Light Photo Therapy, Vibration Therapy, and Negative Ion Therapy. All of these technologies are designed to combat stress, anxiety and headaches.

Since there are many causes for headaches and migraines, Headaches cannot be cured entirely. However, these advancements will help give a lot of pain relief. Your day will become more bearable and you mood will positively increase. Controlling stress and anxiety requires a lot of practice, but using a device such as the Headoc can assist in the training period, and even for quick and short term relief.

What are the common technologies to treat headaches, stress and anxiety?

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Negative Ions

Negative ions are a natural molecule found in nature which has been proven to improve cognitive functions as well as effect mood and depression.

Negative ions can be found in the air around us at all times, but research has discovered they can affect our mood substantially. While the concentration of Negative Ions in the air is minor, using devices such as the Headoc to generate higher levels of Negative Ions will bring positive effects on mood and depression.

Negative Ions, positive mood

WaterFall - Negative ions created by natureNegative Ions can be found in nature, especially near water sources. The creation of negative Ions in nature is related to energy changes around water, through radiation, sunlight or movement. Negative Ions are abundant in mountains due to wind blowing on water or ice, in waterfalls, strong flows in rivers and even waves crashing near the beach.

Research on negative ions has created a vast industry using the benefits of negative ions. Products that use negative ions technology include bands and bracelets, which are even endorsed by well-known professional athletes. Negative ions are also used in air purifiers and air filters.

Great discovery, funny story

Research of Negative Ions goes back as far as 1932! An engineer by the name of Clarence Hansell is the pioneer of ionized air research. Every discovery has an interesting story and so does this one – while working in a radio laboratory, he noticed his colleagues’ mood changed in accordance with the ions their equipment was generating. When the equipment generated negative ions, his colleagues were happier and vibrant. When the equipment generated positive ions however, their mood was gloomy and depressed.
Headoc Negative Ions
Following this observation, Hansell researched the effect of negative ions throughout his life. Recent studies support his conclusions, showing that negative ions can be used to treat and even prevent depression. In addition to effect on depression, negative ions show improvement in many other cognitive functions and performance.

Learn better, remember more, and feel well

In studies from the 1980’s, negative ions have been shown to improve memory performance in children (Morton and Kershner, 1984) and also have positive effect on decision making (Baron, 1987). A research from 1992 has shown that the balance of positive and negative ions has effect on physical and psychological health, where the negative ions concluded to be the bringer of benefit (Andrade, 1992).

The effects on mood have also been documents and researched widely. Negative ions have shown decreases in accidents in industry and automobiles scenarios, decreased reaction time, and depressions. Negative ions have also had effect on decreases in crime, suicide, irritability and bad mood (see research cluster #1 below). Positive ions, on the other hand, have bene shown to have opposite effects on the above (Charry and Hawkinshire, 1981).

Another research concluded that atmosphere with reduced negative ions can create an increase of more than 50% complaint rate for headache, nausea and dizziness compared with a atmosphere saturated with negative ions (Hawkins, 1981).
Benefits of Negative Ions

Here are some studies on Negative Ions and their positive effect:

  • Morton, L. L., & Kershner, J. R. (1984). Negative air ionization improves memory and attention in learning-disabled and mentally retarded children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 12(2), 353-365. doi:10.1007/BF00910673
  • Andrade, A. C., Fernandes, C., Verghese, L., & Andrade, C. (1992). Effect of negative ion atmospheric loading on cognitive performance in human volunteers. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 34(3), 253-259.
  • Baron, R. A. (1987). Effects of negative ions on cognitive performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 72(1), 131-137. doi:10.1037/0021-9010.72.1.131
  • Charry, J. M., & Hawkinshire, 5., F B. (1981). Effects of atmospheric electricity on some substrates of disordered social behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41(1), 185-197. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.41.1.185
  • Halcomb, C. G., & Kirk, R. E. Effects of air ionization upon the performance of a vigilance task. Journal of Engineering Psychology, 1965,4, 120-126.
  • Muecher, H., & Ungeheuer, H. Meteorological influence on reaction time, flicker-fusion frequency, job accidents, and medical treatment. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1961, 12, 163-168.
  • Slote, L. An experimental evaluation of man’s reaction to an ionized air environment. Proceedings of the International
    Conference on the Ionization of the Air(Vol. 2). Philadelphia, Pa.: American Institute of Medical Climatology, 1961.
  • Wofford, J. C. Negative ionization: An investigation of behavioral effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1966, 71. 608-611.
  • Sulman, F. G. Serotonin-migraine in climatic heat stress, its prophylaxis and treatment. Proceedings of the International Headache Symposium, Elsinore, Denmark, 1971.
  • Hawkins, L. H. (1981). The influence of air ions, temperature and humidity on subjective wellbeing and comfort. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1(4), 279-292. doi:10.1016/S0272-4944(81)80026-6

Red Light Photo-Therapy

Red light photo therapy is widely used in many devices. It is used in beauty care, medical care and home treatment of many conditions.

Headoc red light photo therapyRed light photo-therapy is widely used these days in beauty care. It is marketed in professional devices of cosmetic care and home use devices. Red light treatments can improve skin regeneration, which provides better composure of the skin as well as help minor wrinkles.

In the medical industry, red light photo therapy has many uses. Research has shown that red light is linked with energy & metabolism in muscle, bone and other tissue. Moreover, it has even been suggested that astronauts can use LED blankets to prevent muscle and bone atrophy (degeneration of cells).

As used by NASA

NASA uses red light therapy as means to “improve the medical care that is available to astronauts on long term missions in space”. Research indicates that red light therapy can:
Improve wound healing – since the red light photo-therapy energizes skin and tissue, which increases cellular activity. Simply said – wounds may heal faster.
Improve regeneration of skin and tissue – the red light may affect growth factor synthesis, which means the cells grow and divide faster.
Better skin elasticity and integrity – red light therapy aids the body to produce collagen on its own, so the skin in areas exposed to red light therapy will regenerate and look a lot better.
Headoc Red Light Photo-Therapy

What has this got to do with stress and anxiety?

Well, to explain in simple words – a healthy mind in a healthy body means not only being healthy, but also feeling good. We all know about bad hair days and how compliments can improve our feelings. So, making our skin look and feel better is a great way to get those compliments going. More than a beauty characteristic, healthy skin will also improve blood flow and moisture issues.

Good looks, better feeling, best results

At Kencap Medical Solutions, we strive to bring you not just a good look, but also a good feeling. Getting rid of that headache or temporary depression is one of our main goals. That means we didn’t stop at just vibration massage or red light photo-therapy, we also included Negative Ions in the Headoc – which have a shown improvement in mood for over 50% of users. One research even suggested that red light and Negative Ions both show improvement for 50% of patients with SAD (Seasonal Affected Depression).

Healthy mind in a Healthy body
Mens sana in corpore sano

the research behind Red Light Photo-Therapy

  • Conlan, M. J., Rapley, J. W., & Cobb, C. M. (1996). Biostimulation of wound healing by low-energy laser irradiation. A review. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 23(5), 492-496. doi:10.1111/j.1600-051X.1996.tb00580.x
  • Goel, N., Terman, M., Terman, J. S., Macchi, M. M., & Stewart, J. W. (2005). Controlled trial of bright light and negative air ions for chronic depression. Psychological Medicine, 35(7), 945
  • Beauvoit B., Evans S.M., Jenkins T.W., Miller E.E., Chance B., “Contribution of the Mitochondrial Compartment to the Optical
    Properties of the Rat Liver: A Theoretical and Practical Approach,” Analytical Biochemistry 226, 167-174 (1995).
  • Beauvoit B., Kitai T., Chance B., “Correlation Between the Light Scattering and the Mitochondrial Content of Normal Tissues
    and Transplantable Rodent Tumors,” Biophysical Journal 67,2501-25 10 (1 994).
  • Conlan, M.J., Rapley, J.W., Cobb, C.M., “Biostimulation of Wound Healing by Low-Energy Laser Irradiation,” J. Clin.
    Periodont 23, 492-496 (1996).
  • Eggert H.R., Blazek V., “Optical Properties of Normal Human Brain Tissues In The Spectral Range of 400 to 2500 nm,”
    Advances in Experimental Medicine & Biology 333,47-55 (1993).
  • Harry T. Whelan, Glenn A. Meyer, Brian Hodgson, Lisa Gould, Mary Kane, Gina Chen, . . . Joan Cwiklinski. (2001). NASA light emitting diode medical applications from deep space to deep sea. AIP Conference Proceedings, doi:10.1063/1.1357902
  • Harry T. Whelan, Vita Cevenini, Helen Stinson, John M. Houle, Noel T. Whelan, Deborah L. Donohoe, . . . Glenn A. Meyer. (2000). The NASA light-emitting diode medical program—progress in space flight and terrestrial applications. AIP Conference Proceedings, doi:10.1063/1.1302454
  • Karu T., “Photochemical Effects Upon the Cornea, Skin and Other Tissues (Photobiology Of Low-Power Laser Effects),” Hlth
    Physics 56, 69 1-704 (1989).
  • Lubart R., Friedman H., Sinyakov M., Cohen N., Breitbart H., “Changes in Calcium Transport in Mammalian Sperm
    Mitochondria and Plasma Membranes Caused by 780 nm Irradiation,” Lasers in Surg & Med 21,493-499 (1 997).
  • Lubart R., Wollman Y., Friedman H., Rochkind S., Laulicht L., “ Effects of Visible and Near-Infrared Lasers on Cell Cultures,”
    Journal ofPhotochemistry &Photobiology 12(3), 305-3 10 (1992).
  • Namni Goel, Michael Terman, Jiuan Su Terman, Mariana M. Macchi, and Jonathan W. Stewart (2005). Controlled trial of bright light and negative air ions for chronic depression. Psychological Medicine, null, pp 945955 doi:10.1017/S0033291705005027
  • Salansky N., “Low Energy Photon Therapy for Wound Healing.” Intnl Med Instr, Canadian Defense Ministry, Personal
    Communication. (1998).
  • Terman, M., Terman, J. S. & Ross, D. C. (1998b). A controlled trial of timed bright light and negative air ionization for treatment of winter depression. Archives of General Psychiatry 55, 875–882.
  • Whelan H.T., Houle J.M., Donohoe D.L., Bajic D.M., Schmidt M.H., Reichert K.W., Weyenberg G.T., Larson D.L., Meyer, G.A., Caviness J.A., “Medical Applications ofad Space Light-Emitting Diode Technology-Space Station and Beyond.” Space Tech. &App. Int’l. Forum 458, 3-15 (1999).
  • Yu W, Naim JO, Lanzafame RJ. Effects of Photostimulation on Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice. Lasers Surg Med 20,:56-63,
    (1997).

Vibration Therapy

Vibration Therapy has many uses, both in medical use and alternative treatments or home-care. Vibration Therapy can be used for stress relief, pain relief and many other uses. In the Headoc, the vibration assists in reduction of pain or anxiety levels & improve blood flow.

Vibration therapy comes in many forms, and it is widely spread in home use and alternative care. Many devices and instruments use vibration to provide relief and improve blood flow. The vibration can treat sore muscles or other pains. Vibration therapy can be found in hand held devices, massage sticks and couches and even beds.

Vibration therapy is now a well-known alternative for a professional massage, especially in tightening budgets and time constraints. There are many devices for home massage, but most of them are just simple vibrators.

The Headoc’s vibration technology

Headoc vibration TherapyThe Headoc utilizes the advantages of vibration therapy assist with anxiety relief, pain relief and even improved sleep. The Headoc’s vibration strength can be easily adjusted to suit a volume you feel comfortable with. At any frequency, the Headoc vibration aids the effect of the other technologies utilized in the Headoc.

The Headoc vibration mode also allows use of the Headoc as an applicator of creams or oils, providing a massage to the skin which helps the cream enter the skin and pores. The cream applicator is a standard part of the Headoc’s package, and can be used for beauty creams, massage oils, and other ointments meant for skin application.

A little bit of science

Vibration has been long known as a stress buster, used in ancient techniques of massage and alternative care. Vibration therapy can improve blood flow in the body (White, 2007). As a result of massage and vibration therapy, there was a reduction in levels of anxiety, depression and pain. Furthermore, immune system functions were enhanced and sleep quality during the night improved (Lund, 2000. Poust, 2013. Field T., 2011. More evidence can be found in the end notes of this document).
relaxing massage therapy
Researches over the years have shown massage and vibration to cause lowered levels of catecholamine and stress hormones (cortisol) as well as decreases in adrenaline and noradrenaline. If you want to read more about the science of vibration, you can check these researches below.


References:

  • Linda B White. (2007). Natural relief from headaches, even migraines. Topeka: Ogden Publications, Inc.
  • Lund, I. (2000). Massage as a pain relieving method. Physiotherapy, 86(12), 638-654. doi:10.1016/S0031-9406(05)61300-4
  • Billhult, A., Määttä, S., Institutionen för vårdvetenskap, University of Borås, Högskolan i Borås, & School of Health Sciences. (2009). Light pressure massage for patients with severe anxiety. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice,15(2), 96-101. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2008.10.003
  • Poust, Jenny. “Massage for back pain.” Prevention Mar. 2004: 46. Academic OneFile. Web. 2 Sept. 2013
  • Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., Garcia, D., & Funk, C. G. (2011). Hand pain is reduced by massage therapy.Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17(4), 226-229. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.02.006
  • Field, T. M. (1998). Massage therapy effects. American Psychologist, 53(12), 1270-1281. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.53.12.1270