Negative ions are natural molecules found in nature, which improve cognitive functions and affect mood and depression. They are around us in the air all the time, but their concentration is low and their influence minor. HEADOC™ generates higher level of negative ions concentration, thereby positively affecting mood.
Research of the influence of negative ions has given rise to a large industry that makes use of the properties of negative ions. Many products apply negative ions technology, such as bands and bracelets, used by well-known professional athletes or air purifiers and filters.
Great discovery, funny story
Research of the influence 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 happy and energetic. When the equipment generated positive ions their mood was gloomy and depressed. 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 affecting depression, negative ions show improvement in many other cognitive functions and performance.
Learn better, remember more, and feel well
Studies in the 1980’s show that negative ions improve memory performance in children (Morton and Kershner, 1984) and also have positive effect on decision making (Baron, 1987). A research from 1992 indicates that the balance of positive and negative ions has an effect on physical and psychological health, with the negative ions playing a positive role (Andrade, 1992).
Negative ions have been shown to decrease the amount of accidents in industry and traffic, shortened human reaction time, and alleviated depressions. They have led to decrease in crime, suicide, and lowered irritability and bad mood. Positive ions, on the other hand, have bene shown to have corresponding opposite effects (Charry and Hawkinshire, 1981).
Another research concluded that atmosphere with reduced concentrations of negative ions leads to an increase of more than 50% complaint rate of headache, nausea and dizziness compared with a atmosphere saturated with negative ions (Hawkins, 1981).
Some studies on negative ions and their positive effects
- 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:10.1037/0022-3518.104.22.168
- 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/S027
Red light photo-therapy is widely used for beauty care in professional and home cosmetic devices. Red light treatments contribute to skin regeneration, lead to better composure of the skin and smooth minor wrinkles.
In the medical industry, red light photo therapy has many uses. Research has shown that red light is related to metabolism in muscles, bones and other tissues. It has been suggested that astronauts can use LED blankets to prevent muscle and bone atrophy (degeneration of cells).
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 by energizing skin and tissue and increasing cellular activity; enhance regeneration of skin and tissue affecting growth factor synthesis; improve skin elasticity and integrity assiting the body in the production of collagen on its own.
What has red light phototherapy 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 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 improves your blood flow and moistures your tissues.
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 HEADOC™ vibrations assist in the reduction of pain and anxiety levels and improving blood flow.
Vibration therapy is widely spread in many forms of home use and alternative care. Many devices and instruments use vibrations to provide relief and improve blood flow. Vibrations can treat sore muscles and other pains. Vibration therapy can be found in hand held devices, massage sticks, couches and beds.
Vibration therapy is now a well-known alternative for a professional massage, especially with tight budget and time constraints. There are many devices for home massage, most of them simple vibrators.
HEADOC™’s vibration technology
HEADOC™ makes use of the advantages of vibration therapy for anxiety and pain relief and for improving sleep. HEADOC™’s vibration intensity can be easily adjusted to suit the level you feel comfortable with. At any frequency, HEADOC™ vibrations enhances the effects of the other technologies applied by HEADOC™.
HEADOC™’s vibration mode enables using the device as a cream and oil applicator, massaging the skin and helping the cream penetrate the skin and its pores. The cream applicator is a standard part of Headoc™, and can be used for beauty creams, massage oils, and other ointments designed for skin application.
A little bit of science
Vibrations have been known for a long time as a stress reliever, used in ancient techniques of massage and alternative care. Vibration therapy can improve blood flow in the body (White, 2007) and a reduce levels of anxiety, depression and pain. Immune system functions are enhanced and sleep quality during the night improves (Lund, 2000. Poust, 2013. Field T., 2011.)
Researches over the years have shown massage and vibrations to cause lowered levels of catecholamine and stress hormones (cortisol) as well as decrease in adrenaline and noradrenaline.
- 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