Helicor's Stress Eraser is a a handheld medical device that calms the mind and relaxes the body. The stress monitor can be used to quiet the mind before sleeping, rapidly relieve intense stress, and even to stay calm during highly stressful situations.
During stress, the body's stimulating nerves cause the mind to become restless by increasing brain activity, they cause nervousness by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, and they cause tension by increasing the rate of respiration. The body's pacifying nerves calm the mind and relax the body by reversing each of these effects.
Both the stimulating and pacifying nerves attach directly to the heart. The interplay of these nerves causes subtle, yet measurable, changes in the beat-to-beat heart rate. The device decodes the real-time activity of these nerves using heart rate measurements, enabling a user to quickly gain control over the activity level of the nerves.
The StressEraser guides users in adjusting their breathing and mental focus to rapidly decrease the activity of the stimulating nerves while increasing the activity of the pacifying nerves.
Users can quickly calm the mind and relax the body even during intensely stressful situations. The monitor is convenient and portable.
"By addressing the nerves that regulate stress, which extend from the brain stem throughout the body, we are able to affect many aspects of stress all at the same time," explained developer Michael Wood.
"Our goal was to take Michael's groundbreaking technology in the field of biofeedback and stress management and design a compact, portable, wireless medical device," said Helicor CEO Adam Forbes.
The Stress Eraser provides a daily points-based system that allows therapists to tailor stress therapy homework to the individual treatment needs of their clients. Helicor recommends at least five minutes per session for rapid temporary relief, and at least fifteen minutes per day to achieve a lasting therapeutic benefit and cultivate an ongoing feeling of calm relaxation.
Helicor shipped the Stress Eraser after more than four years of research and development.