The heart rate, when measured on a micro-scale, does not beat to what we perceive as a steady rate. In reality, the heartbeat has considerable variability.
According to more than three decades of research, it has been determined that the more variability there is, the more fit and healthy is the individual. In fact, two people with a heart rate of 80 beats per minute could differ enormously in their state of health depending upon their personal heart rate variability.
The degree of variability is reflective of one’s degree of homeostasis. An assessment of the autonomic nervous system through heart rate variability (HRV) reflects how well we respond, recover and adapt to the stresses of everyday life. With the examination of one’s heart rhythm pattern, a clearly visual HRV “wave portrait” of an individual’s regulation process can be ascertained.
In effect, one’s overall level of functioning, degree of adaptability, level of resilience and their amount of progress they are making with any given therapy, can be quantified through this Heart Rate Variability analysis. This valuable, relatively proven modality provides a trained physician with feedback and data that can facilitate a patient’s dramatic healing process.
Benefits of HRV testing:
- Evaluates the activity of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
- Assesses how well one is managing their current stress load
- Documents the impact of physical and emotional stress on the body and mind.
- Tracks the effect and efficacy of medications, supplements, and therapies
- Customizes and optimizes therapeutic protocols