Stress Awareness Month

by TOI Admin April 14, 2014


Did you know that Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992? Stress Awareness Month, sponsored by The Health Resources Network, helps to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress. Federal Occupation Health encourages taking the time to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

The Fight or Flight Response

The sympathetic stress response is a survival mechanism that's "hard wired" into our nervous systems. This automatic response is necessary for mobilizing quick reflexes when there is imminent danger, such as swerving to avoid a car crash.

When you perceive a threat, stress hormones rush into your bloodstream—increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Other hormones also suppress functions like digestion and the immune system, which is one of the reasons why chronic stress can leave you more vulnerable to illness.

Danger triggers the stress response – but, unfortunately, so can work conflicts, worry over debt, bad memories, or anxiety. Although one bad day at work won't compromise your health, weeks or months of stress can dampen your immune response and raise your risk for disease.

Combat Your Stress

If you suffer from chronic stress and can't influence or change the situation, then you’ll need to change your approach. Be willing to be flexible. Remember, you have the ability to choose your response to stressors, and you may have to try various options.


  • Recognize when you don't have control, and let it go.
  • Don't get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
  • Take control of your own reactions, and focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. This may take some practice, but it pays off in peace of mind.
  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal- professional growth and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.

Relax and Recharge

Be sure to make time for fun and relaxation so you'll be better able to handle life's stressors. Carve some time out of your day – even 10 to 15 minutes – to take care of yourself. Also, remember that exercise is an excellent stress reliever.

Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate
  • Do yoga

While you can't avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it. The ultimate reward for your efforts is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.


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Physician Presentation: Dr. Timothy Lane's Knee Talk

by TOI Admin April 7, 2014

Is pain in your knee taking away the life you love? If you are among those tired of living with knee pain, maybe it’s time to do something about it. The good news is that the innovative solution of MAKOplasty® is now available. Want to know more?

Join us for Joint Talk at North Florida Regional Medical Center. TOI's Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Lane will explain how the power of MAKOplasty helps patients get back to living their lives.

Thursday, April 10th
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
NFRMC Main Lobby
Please RSVP by April 9th. Call 1-800-611-6913.
* Free valet parking is available.

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National Humor Month

by TOI Admin April 4, 2014

Did you know that laughter can improve alertness, creativity, and memory? April is recognized as National Humor Month, and to help you stay happy and healthy, explains how laughter can be beneficial in its article “8 Benefits of Laughter”.

Is there anything better than a contagious giggle that you absolutely can’t control? Laughter works wonderfully well in the moment, but it also has some surprising long-term health benefits. In the book A Better Brain at Any Age: The Holistic Way to Improve Your Memory, Reduce Stress, and Sharpen Your Wits (Conari Press, 2009), author Sondra Kornblatt explores how laughter can truly make you feel better.

She writes that the new field of gelotology is exploring the benefits of laughter. It was brought to the public’s awareness in Norman Cousins’ memoir Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins found that comedies, like those of the Marx Brothers, helped him feel better and get some pain-free sleep. That’s because laughter helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates.

What can laughter do?:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Humor and creativity work in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University–by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.

Humor works quickly. Less than a half-second after exposure to something funny, and electrical wave moves through the higher brain functions of the cerebral cortex. The left hemisphere analyzes the words and structures of the joke; the right hemisphere “gets” the joke; the visual sensory area of the occipital lobe creates images; the limbic (emotional) system makes you happier; and the motor sections make you smile or laugh.


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Community Involvement

Occupational Therapy Month

by TOI Admin April 2, 2014

The month of April is designated as Occupational Therapy Month by the American Occupational Therapy Association to call attention to the important role occupational therapists play in patient care. Occupational therapists are part of an important profession to help patients participate in certain tasks they want and need to accomplish through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Occupational therapists focus on treatment to help develop, recover and maintain the daily skills of patients with specialized services and support. TOI would like to give a special thank you to its hand therapy staff at all of its locations!


Hand Therapists:

Kailey Bedford

Michelle Maddux

Virginia McFadden

Rachel Williams

Melissa Willis

Nancy Winikor

Stephanie Foreman

Kerri Kitchens


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant:

Britni Brooks


Hand Therapy Technicians:

Ashley McFall

Marissa Mannion

Ashlee Carver


Hand Therapy Staff:

Michelle Gray

Lisa Hagan

Beverly Lasseter

Tera Harrison

Lauren Trahan

Brittany Yearout

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TOI Celebrates National Doctors' Day

by TOI Admin March 31, 2014


TOI Celebrates National Doctors' Day

March 30 is recognized as National Doctors’ Day – a time to honor and acknowledge the contributions of physicians who serve our country. Doctors devote their lives to promote, maintain and restore human health through study, diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful for their knowledge of the science of medicine and their commitment to helping others.  

The employees and staff of The Orthopaedic Institute thank each of our 27 physicians for making TOI a great place to work and for their continued dedication to providing the North Florida community with compassionate, quality care. It’s a privilege to work with and support them today and every day.



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