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A new article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism illustrates the importance of balance in the nervous system.  The autonomic nervous system controls all the organs, blood vessels and glands in the body.  Autonomic imbalance has once again proven to be a predictor for heart attack, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, metabolic risks, and overall mortality.

chiropractic care is proven to improve heart rate variability

In the study, autonomic imbalance was measured using heart rate variability (HRV).  If you have been to my office in the past year, you likely know what this is, as HRV is part of the CoreScore examination we perform on all patients regularly.

Heart rate variability is the instantaneous change in the pace of your heart rate.  It is an index of your ability to change and control your heart rate.  A decreased heart rate variability means a reduced ability to process the stressors in your environment, and an increased vulnerability to disease.

This is important because chiropractic care is proven to improve heart rate variability and improve the balance of your nervous system, the master control system of your body.

Simon Wegerif is president of iThlete, a company that markets home heart rate variability devices.  He estimates that:

A 5 point increase in an ithlete HRV baseline would reduce someone’s chances of contracting type-2 diabetes over the next 10 years by 40%, and their chances of an early death by 30%.  …We sometimes think about these conditions as age related diseases, but the truth is that their build up is often slow, and future patients are unaware of any symptoms until the onset of the disease.

Monitoring your heart rate variability is only one of the important tests in our office, and is performed as part of the CoreScore scan.  The pulse wave profiler we use to measure HRV measures HRV, anxiety, and detects the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.  This pulse-wave profiler is only one third of the CoreScore exam, which also includes surface EMG and thermal scanning.

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