Heart Variability Rate (H.V.R.)
Heart rate variability (HRV) is a well-accepted technology in the medical literature and there are numerous research articles written about it in relationship to the autonomic nervous system and the effects of various modalities and medications influencing autonomic nervous system function. Heart rate variability measures the beat to beat changes between one heart contraction to the next using a simple ECG recording. The time domain between each contraction of the heart to the next should vary. What was found is that the people who have very little variation are the ones who are at risk for heart attacks on Monday morning, returning to work after the weekend. What controls these beat to beat changes is the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The autonomic nervous system is the nervous system that controls all the body functions such as heartbeat, respiration, digestion, etc. and it does it automatically.
The two branches that are in control of this are the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems (SNS and PNS respectively). They need to be able to shift back and forth as the body needs to make changes based on the body's needs and environmental changes. Heart rate variability gives the healthcare provider the information on the adaptive capabilities of the individual's autonomic nervous system. The patients or clients who have low adaptability of their autonomic nervous systems are the ones who have functional health issues and go from one healthcare provider to the next with no resolution.
Another very important component of classical heart rate variability is that the ECG signal can be analyzed by spectral analysis to demonstrate patterns of autonomic nervous system health or dysfunction using a technique called Fast Fourier Transform. This method allows the ECG to be broken down into individual bandwidths that correspond to specific physiology. The ALFA reveals even more information as Russian scientists were able to extract information about brain patterns, complex neuro- hormonal patterns and information about the Chinese meridians to make this a unique technology. Whatever your healing art or modality you are able to use the HQ to see how your therapies are affecting the regulatory systems of the body.