Heart Rate Variability
The heart rate variability test is very easy to administer. We simply put a heart rate monitor around your upper chest and have you lie down. The computer measures the variability of your heart rate while laying down. We then have you stand and the computer measures the variability of your heart rate while standing. The measurements give us an idea of how well you are shifting from a sympathetic "stressed fight or flight" mode to the parasympathetic 'relaxation/ restoration" mode.
Often, when someone is suffering from chronic or acute stress, there is a problem in this area. Symptomatically, this will often show as insomnia, muscle tension (especially in the neck and shoulders), headaches, digestive distress, anxiety, etc.
We run this in our six month re-evaluation to be certain that the treatment protocols are working effectively.