As a new service of our Institute, an opportunity has arisen to measure stress resistance with a so-called psychophysiological assessment. During the assessment, sensors linked to a computer assess the regulatory resilience of the nervous system, to see how the patient’s body responds to the different, simulated stressors (mental, environmental and emotional). After evaluating the results of the assessment, the specialist makes a proposal for creating a more fulfilled and balanced lifestyle.
Adequate stress management is an essential part of both health preservation and health development, as the aetiological role of stress in developing several chronic diseases has been confirmed. Besides, increased stress load impairs physical and mental performance, which is directly linked to absence from work and low level of life satisfaction.
Environmental and emotional stress induce a series of biological responses in the body, showing a diversity of individual patterns. For example, a group of people dominantly responds to acute stressors with cardiovascular changes (blood pressure, heart rate), while others respond to them with increased muscle tension. Out of these parameters many can be objectively measured (respiration, heart frequency, skin resistance, body temperature, muscle tension), based on which our individual susceptibility to respond and the natural resistance of the nervous system can be assessed.
Keeping individual differences in mind, creating a more fulfilling and balanced lifestyle becomes successful in general, if we are aware of our personal characteristics. Thus, we can get the chance to change in those aspects of our lifestyle where this is particularly important.
What is stress resistance assessment for?
The assessment enables our specialists to detect the groups of problems with which, if changed, the harmful effects of long-term stress can efficiently be prevented. Based on the assessment, our colleague gives a feed-back on:
- the state of the nervous system
- types of stress sensitivity
- makes suggestions in order to develop well-being
Which body functions are measured in the assessment?
The assessment and its analysis are performed by a team of clinical psychologists. Five body functions are measured during the assessment:
- Pulse rate is monitored by an optical sensor of a photoplethysmograph, which basically means that heart frequency is obtained by a device which registers the amount of light reflected back from blood vessels.
- Breathing pattern is recorded by sensors of a chest strap, with which the rhythm and depth of breathing can be monitored.
- The general activation of the nervous system (psychophysiological arousal) is measured by electrodermal sensors, which detect shifts in the electrical conductivity of the skin affected by sweat glands.
- The peripheral body temperature sensor, while placed on a fingertip, records changes in the blood flow of capillaries (the smallest blood vessels).
- The fifth sensor is an EMG (as in electromyography) sensor placed on the surface of the skin. This can show the electrical activity of the muscles during rest and movement, thus muscle tension as well.
During the assessment
The specialist performing the assessment will ask you a couple of questions about your lifestyle and your physical and mental characteristics of stress management.
The process of creating a stress profile begins with a conversation about the role of the sensors followed by their application. All of these sensors are applied on the surface of the skin, thus no physical intervention is performed during the assessment and it is completely pain-free.
Once the sensors are applied, the assessment itself begins, which approximately takes 20 minutes. Periods of rest and different stress-inducing situations follow one another throughout the assessment (such as timed counting exercises in order to model mental stress). During the exercises the sensors constantly record the body’s responses, which are put in contrast with the subjective answers given to stressful situations. The assessment ends with a short relaxation conducted by the specialist.
After the evaluation process, the patient receives the results in a printed version as well, which can be thoroughly discussed on a following session with our colleagues. During the succeeding session after the assessment, the patient has the opportunity to work out a specific plan in order to have a more effective health preservation strategy.
Should You like to make an appointment, please dial the number +36-1-489-5200, where our dispatchers will answer your call between 8am and 8pm every weekday!